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Watch live as Hemel Storm and Worthing Thunder will meet in Manchester for the fourth and final time this season with the NBL Division 1 Playoff title at stake from 3:30pm.
For Hemel, they are one game away from perfection. Already 40-0 in all competitions, they have showcased their ability to win as a team, with proof of their mental toughness shown in their narrow 86-83 semi-final win over Reading Rockets as well as a 117-76 first-round win over Solent Kestrels.
They own a perfect 3-0 record over Worthing this season with a slender 100-95 win in December’s NBL Live fixture, followed by a 126-73 victory on 2 April. Hemel also captured the KitKing Trophy at Thunder’s expense 99-92 in March.
The Storm enter Sunday’s Playoff Final with three trophies secured, they also lead the league in points (108.5), field goal percentage (54.8%), assists (26.5) and rebounds (43.4).
On the other side, Worthing will be eager to make it fourth time lucky against their close rival, having taken Hemel to the limit in their encounter in December and in the KitKing Trophy last month.
The Thunder finished runners-up this season, and until they faced Hemel on the south coast before Christmas, they also possessed a perfect record at 9-0.
What followed was a minor bump in the road with losses on the road to Solent Kestrels and Reading Rockets, as well as a National Cup semi-final defeat to Derby Trailblazers in January.
However, Worthing recovered to finish the season with home-court advantage in the post-season, where they saw off Bradford Dragons 83-73 and got revenge on Derby in the semi-finals with a 97-89 win.
And to potentially be the ‘1’ in 40-1, Thunder will need leading scorer Hafeez Abdul (16.3ppg), veteran Orlan Jackman (15.9ppg), and everyone on the court to be on top of their game if they are to conquer Hemel.