BASKETBALL: Thunder earn a first win as Thomas stars

ON THE RUN - action from Lightning's clash with Southend Swifts (Pictures: Dave Ikin)
ON THE RUN - action from Lightning's clash with Southend Swifts (Pictures: Dave Ikin)

Northants Thunder recorded their first win of 2016 with a dominant performance against Ilkeston Outlaws in the Junior Men’s East Midlands Development League.

Thunder eventually ran out 87-58 winners, with their scoring led by Ollie Thomas, who amassed 24 points.

Ayo Oluyede and Jacob Killeya scored 18 and 15 points respectively.

Oxford Brookes University 112 Northants Thunder 78

THUNDER suffered a final quarter blow-out as they were beaten by Oxford Brookes University in National League Division Three South Conference.

In the disappointing defeat, Jacob Holt top scored for Thunder with 16 points, with good support coming from Devon Adams and Richard Higgins.

Northants Thunder 58 Leicester Riders 81

Going into the final period of this Under 16 Boys Midlands Development League contest, Thunder and Riders were all tied at 53-53.

But the Leicester side pulled away to earn a fine comeback win.

Ed Tayland top scored for Thunder with 19 points before fouling out, while Chris Amankonah and Josh Lloyd contributed 13 and 12 points respectively.

Northants Lightning 23 Nottingham Wildcats 108

Playing without key players once again, Lightning suffered another heavy defeat in the Under 16 Girls Premier Division North.

Through no fault of their own, Lightning were forced to play with just seven players and credit should be given to those girls for battling to the end, especially Hannah Davey, who scored 10 of her team’s 23 points.

Northants Thunder 46 Nottingham Hoods 79

After making such an excellent start to 2016, Thunder slipped to another Under 14 Boys Midlands Development League defeat last Saturday.

Ashley Kitchen had four three-pointers in his 18-point haul for Thunder, while Oliver Dominique battled 
hard for his 10 points and Connor White, Hashim Khan 
and Cameron Leighton all worked tirelessly for their team.

Northants Lightning 50 Southend Swifts 114

Southend Swifts boast one of the top girls programmes in the country and the Lightning got a first-hand view of that strength last 
Saturday when they were beaten by 64 points by the Essex team.

In the Under 14 Girls East Midlands Development League defeat, Ony Onwumechili and Katie Dinnell both scored 17 personal points and six other players were able to get on the scoresheet.

NEBC Titans 58 Northants Thunder 26

Despite losing by 32 points to an older and bigger Titans team, Thunder could take a lot of positives away from this Northants Hoopsterz Under 19 Central Venue League game.

Aaron Mutari, who was forced into ball handling duties, really stepped up, setting up his team’s half-court offence.

Ainsley Reynolds and Zinzan Oostenhuizen were able 
to create scoring opportunities.

Northants Basketball Club fixtures

Saturday, February 13: 11.45am: Junior Men v Leicester Warriors; 1.45pm: Cadette Girls v Barrow Thorns; 3.45pm Senior Men v Plymouth Raiders IIs (these games will be played at the Northants Basketball Centre which is situated at Northampton School for Girls in Spinney Hill Road, Northampton NN3 6DG - spectators are welcome and admission is free); Cadet Boys travel to Leicester Riders.

Sunday: Under 14 Girls travel to Norfolk Inceni, Under 14 Boys travel to Derby Trailblazers IIs, Cadet Boys travel to Leicester Dynamite.