Thunder make finals after smashing Braves

The North-West Tall Timbers Thunder are finals bound after putting together one of its finest performances for the 2017 SEABL season.

North-West Thunder guard Ahmad Starks had 23 points as his team booked a SEABL finals sport with a 112-73 win on the road over Bendigo. Picture: Cordell Richardson.

In a must-win game on the road against fifth-placed Bendigo, the Thunder led at every change to obliterate the Braves 112-73.

The result means Bendigo can’t go above the fourth-placed Thunder with one game remaining in their season, while Sam Armstrong’s team will qualify for the post-season after starting the season with one win from their first seven games.

Like several road games already this season, the Thunder made a terrific start and raced out to a 33-21 quarter-time lead.

They extended that lead by another four points in the second quarter before all but sealing the win with a 31-22 third quarter that gave them a 87-62 lead at the final change.

There was no let up from the Thunder in the final quarter either, outscoring the home team 25-11 for a famous victory.

Jeremiah Ingram led the way for the visitors, finishing with 26 points and 16 rebounds in the absence of regular centre Chudier Pal.

Ingram had plenty of scoring support however, with fellow starters Ahmad Starks (23 points), Daniel Sepokas (20 points), Ben Richmond (20) and Brad Simpson (15 points) all getting in double figures as the Thunder shot 54 per cent from the field and 46 per cent from long range.

The Thunder will complete their road trip on Sunday afternoon against Ballarat.


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