Keeping a team together whether professionally, club, amateur or just for fun becomes difficult when life gets in the way. Some teams manage to figure it out and fly under the same crest year in and year out across leagues and tournaments. In this series we take a look at some of those teams.
Contributing content by: Sean Ariff Goh
Thunder is a team made of (mainly) friends who grew up and went to school together. The name “Thunder” came from our school team as well, the TISKL Thunders. Ever since high school ended, the team has been looking to reunite and play together and we finally decided to give it a shot at Statsports League season 6.
For most of the team, this was the first time playing in a men’s league. With that in mind, we knew we had to train and prepare extra hard to compete at this level. With 3 training sessions a week including friendly matches, it was great to see the dedication the team showed taking time off their busy university/working schedule coming from different parts of the city just for the game we love.
Defensively, Thunder utilizes their youth with a full court man to man defence to force turnovers and turn the game into a game of endurance. Offensively, we try to turn defence into offence and play in the open court to get easy baskets and to get to the free throw line. In the half court, we run a freelance offence with plenty of screens to free up shooters. Nothing fancy, just chemistry from a group of guys who have been playing together since childhood.
Basketball was something that brought us together many years ago. The friendships that were built; priceless. The memories, the long bus rides; priceless. Together, we pushed each other to the limits and grew together as players and as men. As the years pass, our love for the game only grows stronger.
The Thunder finished their first season in StatSports League with a 3-2 record losing in the quarterfinals to a more experienced Black Knights squad. Low En Xian won Defensive Player of Black Division while Sean Ariff Goh won the Leadership Award (and multiple votes for Black Division MVP). Both Players were also in the top 3 for Black Division points per game.