JARRYD MCGUANE THE ADVOCATE There was mixed fortunes for the North-West Thunder on their NBL1 Victorian weekend of fixtures, finishing with one win and one loss from the two games.
The Thunder’s win came against the Waverley Falcons on Sunday, requiring overtime to claim a 121-116 victory at the Waverley Basketball Centre.
Lachlan Dent led the way in the victory with 36 points, 13 of which came from the foul line, Tre Armstrong added 19 points, while Jordan Bowling, Nick Banyard, Simon Lokan and Joe Chilcott all scored in double figures.
The Thunder had the better of the play for the first three quarters and led by four, nine and 11 points at the three breaks, but allowed the hosts back in the game with a 28-17 final term to send the game to overtime.
But the Thunder held their nerve and were composed at the foul line to move their record to 3-2 from five games.
The Thunder dropped their second game of the season on Saturday night against Bendigo, as the Braves claimed a 93-76 victory in front of their home crowd at Bendigo Stadium.
The visitors were in fine form to open the game, able to have success offensively to open up a 29-21 advantage at the first change.
The Braves did not all the Thunder to maintain the momentum with a better defensive in the second quarter and a 30-13 term allowed the home side to lead 51-42 at half-time.
The Thunder trailed by five points going into the final quarter after working themselves back into the game with a 22-18 third quarter, but the hosts surged away behind a 24-12 final term.
Banyard (13 points), Armstong and Chilcott (12 points each) led the way for the Thunder in the loss.
The Braves have had a up and down start to the season and sit just outside the top eight in ninth place with a 3-3 record.
The Thunder will be back on the road next week for another Victorian double-header, taking on the Frankston Blues at the Frankston Basketball Centre on Saturday and backing up against the Eltham Wildcats at Eltham High School on Sunday.
The Southern Huskies were at their best to claim their first New Zealand National Basketball League victory in Tasmania with a 84-68 triumph over the Supercity Rangers on Saturday.
The second half proved to be the difference for Huskies, outscoring the Rangers 47-32 in the second half to send the home fans at the Derwent Entertainment Centre in a celebratory mood.
Jalen Billups, Craig Moller and Tre Nichols led the way for the Huskies with 22, 20 and 19 points respectively.
Mason Bragg contributed well with four points, six rebounds and five assists from 28 minutes of court time.