Table-topping Storm battle past Worthing Thunder in a real Christmas cracker

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Hemel Storm exploded in the fourth quarter to overturn a nine-point deficit and overcome a feisty Worthing side 83-77 at Sportspace to stay top of National League Division One.

It was the away side who started brightly and took a 17-6 lead after five minutes, but Storm got into the game by holding Thunder to two points over the next five minutes to go in at the first interval trailing by just six points.

Tom Adorian dispatches an emphatic dunk for Hemel Storm against Worthing Thunder

Tom Adorian dispatches an emphatic dunk for Hemel Storm against Worthing Thunder

Worthing stretched their lead to 11 points three minutes into the second quarter, but Hemel launched another fight-back to close the gap to five points .

Worthing hit their sixth three-pointer and opened their lead back up to 11, but once again Storm came back to score six of the last eight points of the half.

A steal and lay-up by Walid Mumuni set Hemel on their way in the third quarter, but Worthing opened up another 11-point lead after a couple of minutes.

Storm hit 11 of the next 13 points to trail by two, but a long three-pointer on the buzzer gave Worthing a 60-51 lead with 10 minutes left.

However, Storm came out fighting in the fourth quarter and scored the first 11 points, with guard Bode Adeluola finally hitting the team’s first three-pointer.

Two huge slam dunks from Tom Adorian opened up a 12-point lead but Worthing rallied to bring the score back to 79-77.

Storm were not to be denied, though, and some fine free-throw shooting by Dru Spinks and Mumuni eventually made sure of the win.