Thunder storms to the top of the A-grade basketball ladder
THUNDER reversed its first round result against the Raptors with a 51-32 clean-up to emerge from the Easter break at the top of the A-grade ladder.
After the two-week break, the two top teams will resume neck and neck at the top of the table with 17 points a piece.
Despite the 19-point margin, Thunder's Nic Theuerkauf said the game "was definitely not easy".
Theuerkauf said Thunder had to take measure of themselves before they entered the game.
"Last time we played them it was very emotionally charged," he said.
Theuerkauf pointed out these emotions got the better of them in their first game against Raptors at the start of the season, which they lost 41-40.
He ensured Thunder played a more controlled style of basketball on Tuesday night that focused on defence.
"We just went out and made sure we stayed cool and kept our heads," he said.
"We're a defensive team first and foremost.
"We base our offence off the back of our defence."
Theuerkauf said he hoped to continue this form after the Easter break but admitted it would be hard to regain momentum.
"The holidays aren't your friend," he said.
Raptors' Branden Walters said too many opportunities were missed after the ball was turned over due to bad passes.
"We had so many missed opportunities," Walters said.
"We just got frustrated."
While the Raptors lacked in passing, Walters said Thunder's had picked up.
"Their passing was a lot better this time. Their passing was working," he said.
However, Walters was not too concerned with the Raptors' loss, looking instead at the rest of the season.
"That's our second loss," he said.
- Thunders beat Raptors 51-32.
- Blue Team beat Dream Crushers 61-60.
- Clovers beat Warriors 37-24.
- Wildcats beat Blue Alfa 44-34.
- Rockets beat Hornets 36-30.