Thunder bounce back to grab vital win

BY BRAD COLE – THE ADVOCATE   The North-West Tall Timbers Thunder have bounced back from a poor third quarter to defeat Albury-Wodonga 88-80 in Friday night’s SEABL clash at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre.

The visitors used a 25-16 second quarter to extend their two-point quarter-time lead into a handy 11-point margin at the main break.

But the home team came roaring back into life during the third quarter, outscoring the Thunder 21-9 to take a one-point lead and had all the momentum heading into the final term.

Neither team was able to establish a match-winning break during the early stages of the last quarter, with the Bandits biggest lead only reaching four points before the Thunder would reply.

The scene was set for a thrilling finish with scores tied with 1:17 left on the clock until Jeremiah Ingram hit a three-pointer to put the Thunder in front and they never allowed the Bandits to score again for the remainder of the game.

Daniel Sepokas iced the game from the free-throw line to take the Thunder’s record to 9-9 for the season ahead of Saturday night’s clash with Kilsyth.

Ingram led all scorers on the night with 27 points on 10-19 shooting, with Sepokas scoring 22 points, including 11-12 from the free-throw line, point guard Ahmad Starks 16 points and centre Chudier Pal 10 points.

TJ Robinson again paced Albury-Wodonga with 26 points and 11 rebounds, with former Hobart Chargers player Deba George had 25 points.

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