Record-breaking Rebels almost shock Thunder
(24th December 2003)
Against the biggest team in the league Ware almost overcame the absence of starting centre Dan Scott and captain Allan Prescott through injury, to post a pre-christmas shock at title contenders Worthing Thunder.
A two minute period in the second quarter saw Worthing open up up a twenty point lead. Some bad decisions against the Worthing press and a 12 point run by Worthing's Steven Gayle left the Rebels in a deep hole. Led by 9 unanswered points by Mike Williamson the Rebels showed great resilience and cut the lead to 11.
Williamson had 35 points at the half and Worthing set out to try and stop a repeat in the second but both Hayden Herrin and Ben Wallis stepped up to combine for 36 second half points, to put the Rebels in sight of an unlikely win.
Ware's three guard offense combined for 86 of the Rebels total of 105. With Williamson hiting 11 threes in his 45 points, Herrin threes in his 29 and Wallis 4 threes in his 12, the combined total of 21 is an NBL record. This is the third three-point record that the Rebels have smashed this season.
Ware broke the team and Mike Williamson the individual records for the
National Cup back in October.
Mat Eames came up with 12 points against the big inside game of Worthing to put the Rebels in position to tie the game with only 1 minute 45 seconds to go, but a missed shot and a Worthing 3 point play put the game beyond Ware. Thunder eventually won 116-105.
The performance again demonstrates how competitive the Rebels are at the moment, this is just as well as the next home game is the visit to Wodson Park of National Cup Finalists Plymouth Raiders on January 11th at 4.00pm.