The North West Thunder’s Nathan Wilson looks for a pass during Saturday night’s 115-73 against Bendigo. Picture: Katrina Docking.
THE North West Tall Timbers Thunder produced their best performance of the season to comprehensively defeat Bendigo on Saturday night, winning 115-73.
The Thunder were slow out of the blocks, trailing 7-18 early, before a 30-35 deficit at quarter-time.
But it was all one-way traffic thereafter as the Thunder allowed the Braves only 38 more points for the match.
The Thunder’s offensive juggernaut was firing on all cylinders, with all of the starting five plus Brad Simpson off the bench scoring in double figures.
Fred Hunter was the game-high scorer with 25 points, Garrett Jackson had 23, Mason Bragg 19 and Nathan Wilson 15.
It was party time for the host team in the final minutes as youngbench players Emmett Smith and Mitchell Salter both hit the court andscored, bringing the crowd to its feet.
The Thunder shot at almost 60 per cent from the field for the night and at 50 per cent from long range.
The result means the Thunder improves to an 11-8 win-loss record and secure the all-important head-to-head split between themselves and Bendigo in the South Conference.
The two teams are competing for second spot behind top side Mount Gambier, who visit the Coast next weekend.
Full report in Monday’s edition of The Advocate.
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