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October 19, 2010 > Tri-City Thunder takes second

Tri-City Thunder takes second

Submitted By Anthony Lynch

Tri-City Thunder, a U-11 AAU basketball team, took part in the Bay City Basketball Fall Tournament in Pacifica over the weekend of Friday, Oct. 15, through Sunday, Oct. 17, and collected a second-place finish. Despite playing shorthanded with only six players available, the Thunder displayed great heart and were rewarded for their workmanlike effort.

In the tournament opener, the Thunder battled host club Bay City Elite and fell by a 35-21 margin. A sluggish start proved costly as the Thunder trailed early and was unable to string together enough defensive stops or buckets to stay within striking range. Kristian Jordan led the Thunder with seven points, while Andrew Gaspar and Koby Silva each tallied four points.

In their second game of the tournament, the Thunder won a thriller over the BAAS Dragons Black by a score of 26-24. After jumping out to a 7-1 lead, the Thunder went cold and trailed at halftime 11-9. A slow start to the second half saw the Dragon lead increase to 22-14, before the Thunder turned up the defensive intensity and clawed their way back into the game.

Tyler Lynch was the hero as he nailed his fourth, 3-pointer of the game which proved to be the game-winning bucket. He finished with a team high 12 points, while Silva added five and Richard Pabalate chipped in four.

In the final game of the day, the Thunder matched up with the BAAS Dragons Red with a second place finish on the line. After a competitive opening 15 minutes that saw the score tied at 10-10, Jordan Aguana dished off three consecutive assists and the Thunder finished with a 7-0 burst to take a 17-10 lead into halftime.

In the second half, the Thunder continued to take advantage of the momentum swing and pushed the lead to 20 points, before cruising to a 38-26 finish. Lynch drained three more treys to again lead all scorers with 11, while Pabalate added nine in addition to his monster rebounding haul. Gaspar and Silva each added seven points in a balanced scoring attack that proved to be the Thunder's most complete effort of the early season.

With their 2-1 finish, the Thunder improved to 4-2 for the 2010-2011 AAU campaign.

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