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Northumbria Thump Thunder

Posted by Kieran Bullen

Northumbria Thump Thunder
Jack Preston Won Warm Praise From Coach Steutel (Image By Dave Moore)

Team Northumbria picked up their second win of the weekend - cruising past Worthing Thunder 98-67 at Sport Central.

The hosts raced to a 17-point lead after the first quarter and continued to dominate throughout the game extending their lead to 31 points at the finish.

It was a comfortable victory for TN who, at times, looked a class above their West Sussex opponents.

Head coach Marc Steutel was satisfied with the weekend’s results and seemed glad to get his side's EBL Division One campaign back on track.

“It was good for us to be back on the floor with the National League group after the loss to Derby Trailblazers,” said Steutel.

“I’m pleased with today’s result and in particular the first half – we started off well and managed to get an early lead.

“We dictated the tempo of the game from start to finish in what was a really professional performance.”

Steutel’s team looked impressive going forward but their defensive prowess shone through, contributing to the one-sided score board.  

“I thought Jack Preston was exceptional defensively and the stand-out performance to take away from today’s game,” added Steutel.

“He was guarding the top scorer in the league and when the game was in the balance he was simply exceptional for us.”

TN looked confident following their 86–71 win against Lancashire Spinners on Saturday and seemed to have put the previous weekend’s poor performance firmly behind them.

“Saturday’s performance was good because it was the first time we were back on the court since the Derby loss,” added Steutel.

“We have some depth in our squad this year which is important - we’re going into a busy two weeks now where the games are going to be really tight.

“It’s a difficult period which is going to be really competitive and these are the games where you learn a lot about yourself.”

TN face mid-table Reading Rockets and Leicester Warriors next weekend and will look to pick up another four points and push for top spot.

 

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