Heavy heads, hard lessons but high hopes…
Were back after an unusually quiet week at Bedford Thunder with our weekly basketball report.
We started the week with our U18s going to Birchwood to face the Herts Hell Cats. Travelling light with only 7 available, the guys fought valiantly winning 2 quarters but ultimately losing by 1 after a poor 3rd Quarter.
Unlucky Lads, notable contributions from our forward Senen with 16 pts and our guard Leon with 14 points including 4 3’s.
In a highly charged game our Men’s I took a trip to Aylesbury to face the Bucks Hornets. Our lads battled through a highly physical match seeing a total of 47 fouls given out during the game to level at the buzzer and force ‘overtime’
In a nervous and topsy-turvy overtime we snatched a late winner travelling home with the Win by 2.
THUNDER MENS I
We put on a showcase at Mouton School on Friday Evening, with both our Women’s I and Men’s II in action.
Our Women’s team set to the task in good form against the Milton Keynes Magic, stretching out a lead in the 1st quarter. With MK responding with a strong 2nd quarter our Women reacted controlling the final 2 quarters of the game and running out winners in a great game by 4.
Next up our Men’s II team took on Daventry Vikings. The guys started in blistering form outscoring the Mavericks by 12 in the 1st quarter.
Daventry responded with a strong 2nd and 3rd before the guys seemed to apply the pressure and bring the game back under control., winning by 6.
THUNDER MENS II
Our weekend action of 5 games across our youth development age groups commenced with our Girls U14s entertaining Norfolk Iceni at the ‘Thunderdome’.
Our Girls are growing from strength to strength in their maiden season in the National League, this showed on Saturday with a promising display against a well worked Norfolk side.
After a slow start probably battling nerves our Girls put on a great display overall and more specifically in the 2nd quarter where they managed to keep the points close for the quarter.
A great effort by all against a good team where the loss felt more like progress.
Good Effort Girls
THUNDER GIRLS U14s
In a hectic few hours for our Head Coach Enrique, our U16s travelled to Peterborough to face Peterborough Vytis.
The boys seemed to come out the blocks slow and took damage in the opening half they were unable to respond to. Despite a late fight back in the 4th quarter the damage was done and we travelled to Cambridge with heavy heads losing by 21 points.
Next stop for Coach Enrique with the U16s in tow was at Cambridge where our U18s faced strong competition against the Cambridge Cats.
Our boys started off bullish in a low scoring 1st quarter keeping the scores close before the Cats took charge in the 2nd. We responded with a great 3rd quarter outscoring the Cats by 21 points before losing our lead in the 4th and the game overall by 6 points.
A hard couple of away games for our U16s and U18s, unlucky guys.
Sundays instalment showcased both sides of our younger development program with our Girls U12s visiting Cambridge Cats and U14s hosting the ‘main event’ at the ‘ThunderDome’ against local rivals North Herts Knights.
To round off an impressive few games for our maiden Women and Girls teams our U12s put in a promising performance against stronger opposition the Cambridge Cats. After a shaky start they seemed to grow into the game and had a great second half despite losing the game at the buzzer.
A closer game then the sheet suggests, the 1st quarter really damaging the later part of the game.
‘A lot to work on but very impressed with their performance today’ a quote from our Girls Head Coach David.
THUNDER GIRLS U12s
We ended our ‘Basketball Bonanza’ with a home game at the ‘Thunderdome’ for our U14s in the National League.
The U14s, hoping to keep their unbeaten run for 2023 going started the game strongly as if they knew the cameras where watching ‘lol’
Controlling the game from the Tip our ‘large guys’ made the key and board their own racking up nearly half the points with rebounds and close jumpers.
Some exquisite passing from our guard Elijah saw almost all the team on scoresheet and comfortable winners to end an up and down week of basketball for the club.
Notable contributions from our Forwards Dino with 20 pts and Daniel with 14 points.
Great win guys, the run continues. Keep Going.