Thunder eye double over Capitals

Worthing Thunder captain James Brame
Worthing Thunder captain James Brame
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WORTHING Thunder Basketball Club will look to secure a league double over London Capitals in a rare Sunday evening fixture this weekend at Worthing Leisure Centre (5pm tip-off).

Assistant coach James Brame, who was in caretaker charge for the away fixture in December, when Thunder won 80-75, knows how difficult Capitals can be.

He said: “Any London team will give you a challenge. They’re scrappy, fight for every loose ball and will punish any mistake you make and London Capitals are exactly that kind of team.

“People expected us to go to London and beat them comfortably, but in this league every game is a test and easy games just don’t occur here. It’ll be the same on Sunday. London will come to our place and test us in every department.”

Worthing have qualified for the post-season play-offs in their first season back in the EBL after three seasons in the British Basketball League (BBL), and will look to improve their case for a home seed, which is something head coach Gary Smith is aiming for.

He said: “I’m happy to make the play-offs, especially with a group of guys who were pretty much all new to the system at the beginning, not to mention with Hank Rivers replacing Chris Talley a quarter of the way in, so I’m happy with the progress made in a short space of time.

“I’m not thinking play-offs, though, I’m thinking about our next game and wanting to finish as high as we can in the table and get wins on the board.”

Thunder are currently in third place in the EBL Division 1 table, but have played three games more than fourth-placed BA London Leopards as the league enters its final weeks of regular season play.

Sunday’s game sees the return of the popular “kids for a quid” evening. All children under the age of 16. accompanied by a full-paying adult, pay just £1 to get in.