London United travelled to South Coast rivals Worthing Thunder on Sunday afternoon with the intention of maintaining their 100% league record after Worthing had lost theirs the night before at Worcester.

United who are place top of the English Basketball League were without injured point guard Santa Ataha and shooting guard Peter Knetchel.

United's Robert Klocek made the first basket of the game with a lay up as Worthing's guard Steven Gayle opened the scoring for the home team from the foul line and from then on in was magnificent on offence. United struggled to match up with Worthing's guards as they managed to shoot an incredibly high percentage from the field as Worthing broke out to an 11 point lead at 33-22 by the 1st quarter's end.

Deppisch had found his range early on with two three's along with Walid Mumuni with two of his own for the London team although it was Gayle and Ott who returned the compliment for the home team with successive long range scores of their own.

Worthing stretched their lead out to 15 at the half as Gayle, Ott and Vear did all the damage.

United inability to keep pace with the home team, who were obviously motivated to end United's run was their undoing and to the dismay of the London coaches were unable to turn on the defensive heat in any way after the break. That in a nut shell was United's shortfalls as both teams piled on the points in an evenly fought second half.

Gayle, Ott and Vear continued to shoot a high percentage for Worthing as United's Jagodka momentarily helped spark United at both ends of the floor. United managed to win the second half battle by 2 points which was not enough to overturn the 15 point lead Worthing had at the half.

United's top scorers were Mumuni 25, Reid 24, Deppisch 20, Machnyia 18 and Van Elswyk 14, whilst Worthing's Gayle had a game high 40 points with Ott on 30 and Vear on 29.

United now face Coventry Crusaders in the League at Brunel Osterley on Saturday evening at 6pm with tickets available on the door.

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