Thunder geared up for trip to Leeds

James Brame.
James Brame.
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WORTHING Thunder Basketball Club play their final game of 2011 on Sunday (December 18) when they travel to Leeds Carnegie in the EBL.

Thunder are currently sitting in third place in the Division 1 table and are looking for their seventh successive win against a Leeds side, who have lost five of their seven league games.

Coach Gary Smith will again not be travelling with the team, as his doctor has advised him to rest following an illness. But Smith has been paying close attention to what has been going on and is delighted with the progress interim coach James Brame and the team are making.

He said: “I’m incredibly proud and pleased with how James and the team is getting on.

“I’ve kind of thrown James in at the deep end, but we still talk and still roll off ideas near enough every day. The team is doing great and they are playing the basketball that I want them to play and what James wants them to play also, so we are moving in the right direction heading to 2012.”

For Brame, who will take charge again this weekend, he is not taking Leeds lightly, despite their position in the league.

The Thunder veteran certainly has not forgotten his side’s 79-73 defeat in Yorkshire in October. He said: “Leeds may be below us, but we will certainly not be taking them lightly. All teams in this league are more than capable of beating each other.

“We haven’t forgotten our loss there either. It’s redemption time for us, as we want to keep this winning streak rolling.

“And we do that by playing the same brand of basketball that we’ve been doing throughout this winning streak. I’m confident, though, that we will get the job done.”

Tip-off at the Carnegie Sports Hall is at 4pm.