Thunder win Oaklands opener

Leopards first game of the season at Oaklands College ended in disappointment as they went down 102-84 against high-flying Worthing Thunder, on Saturday .
In front of a good crowd Hafeez continued his excellent season with a 30 point, 13 rebound double-double, adding six assists. Captain Duru added 14 points and five boards, and Kevin Moyo finished with 11 points, four rebounds and three assists.
With point guard Prince Lartey still out of action with an ankle injury, coach Thomas Baker drafted in Teni Mongo and the former Westminster Warrior with 11 points, nine rebounds and four assists.
Moyo scored five points as the teams shared the first 18 points but despite triples from Abdul and Mongo, the visitors took control and went into the first break with a 22-17 lead.
A good start to second period saw a Mongo three make it a one-point game but Amarjit Basi – who led all scorers with 29 points – launched a 12-0 to put Worthing in control, and they never looked back.
Ray Akpofure cut Worthing’s lead to 49-36 at half-time triples from Jerrelle Abdul, Duru and Marius Kaftaiukas saw that lead trimmed to 74-62 at the final break before Thunder won the fourth period 28-22 to wrap up the victory.
Alex Owumi added 21 points and five rebounds for Thunder, with Tom Ward chipping in with 17 points and six boards.