NORTHANTS BASKETBALL CLUB: Six-man Thunder no match for Brunel

Action from Northants Lightning Under-14s' defeat to County Upper Wolves (Pictures: Dave Ikin)
Action from Northants Lightning Under-14s' defeat to County Upper Wolves (Pictures: Dave Ikin)

Six-man Northants Thunder went down 103-87 at Brunel University London Ducks in the National League Division Three North Conference.

The lack of players proved crucial as Thunder tired towards the end of the match.

Johnny Yates scored 20 points, Jacob Holt 17, Benji Henry 16 and Glodi Bomolo and Adam Thomas 15 apiece.

Junior Men’s East Midlands Development League

Northants Thunder 102 
Nottingham Hoods 82

Despite playing with just six players the Northants junior men secured their third win of the season.

Thunder scoring was led by Ollie Thomas with 46 points. Good support came from Jacob Killeya (16) and David Nieva (11).

Cadet Men’s National Cup

Sporting Club Albion 79 
Northants Thunder 62

THUNDER are out of the cup after they slumped to defeat at Sporting Club Albion.

Shekina Ntumba top scored for Thunder with 17 points, while Chris Amankonah added 15.

Under 16 Girls Premier Division North

Northants Lightning 57 
Barrow Thorns 52

GOING into the final quarter Lightning were trailing 46-38, but they turned it round to claim a stunning win.

Led by a 10-point haul from Holly Winterburn, they outscored their opponents 15-3 in the final quarter to win a match they looked certain to lose.

Winterburn scored 30 points for Lightning, while Tia Dunrad-Allen scored 10.

Under 14 Boys Midlands Development League

Northants Thunder 73 
Notts Nova 66

In a game that saw the lead changing hands almost by the second, Thunder managed to come out on top against a determined Notts Nova team.

It wasn’t until a 10-3 charge in the final quarter that Thunder pulled clear.

Jude Carmichael had another outstanding game ,scoring 31 points, Jonathan Ntumba had four blocks to go with his 16 points, while Ashley Kitchen scored 10 points and ‘dished out’ five assists.

Under 14 Girls East Midland Conference

Northants Lightning 54 
County Upper Wolves 58

WITH just six minutes remaining, Lightning led 51-44 and looked to be heading for a second win in a row.

But over the next six minutes Lightning could manage just three more points while Wolves scored 14 to record an unlikely win.

Lightning scoring was led by Onwumechili and Dina Kosnikovska with 13 points each while Chloe Amena added 12.

THE Northants Basketball Club’s Under 14 girls are the Northampton ‘team of the year’

The Northampton Leisure Trust Sports Awards were held at the Guildhall and last season’s Lightning Under 14 girls team picked up the award for ‘team of the year.’

The girls won the Midlands South-West Conference and went on to reach the National Final Fours losing in the final to Haringey Angels.

As winners of their category the Northants girls will now go forward to the Northamptonshire Awards ceremony.


Friday, October 30

Hoopsterz Central Venue League versus Kettering Phoenix

Saturday, October 31

No Junior Ballers session and no home games at the Basketball Centre

Senior Men travel to Barking Abbey 

Junior Men travel to Leicester Dynamite

Under 16 Girls travel to NEBC Titans

Under 15 Boys compete in the Hoopsterz Central Venue League

Sunday, November 1

Under 14 Girls travel to Southend Swifts