SBL Under 14s II get two wins!

Dorset Storm Under 14s II took to the court for the first time this season as they faced Weymouth and Salisbury at Rossmore Leisure Centre on Friday.

First up for Storm were Salisbury, who came into the game having comfortably beaten a shorthanded Weymouth team in the opening game of the tournament.  Storm got off to a slow start, with some soft defense allowing Salisbury to build up an early 7 – 0 lead.  Following a Storm timeout the defense improved, but the offence took longer to follow as Christian Farah scored Storms only basket in the opening quarter.  An improved performance in the second quarter saw Storm make a late charge with baskets from Vince Ibay and Joe Stevenson, meaning that Storm trailed 11 – 6 at the half.  Storm came out with much more aggression in the second half, typified by Tom Storey who scored six in the quarter and took a big charge at the defensive end to –help spark Storm into life.  At the end of the third period Storm led 19 – 17.  Storm were now in the mood to play aggressive defense, and were passing the ball down the court quickly too.  The final quarter certainly contained the best basketball of the game from Storms point of view as they outscored their opponents 10 – 2, as they finished the game strongly to take a 29 – 19 win.

In their second game of the day Storm faced Weymouth.  Storm once again had a rather slow start, where they lacked a decisive, killer instinct and failed to put their opponents under any real pressure.  At the end of the first, Storm held a slender 7 – 4 lead.  A sloppy start to the second quarter gifted Weymouth some easy baskets and Weymouth soon raced into a 13 – 10 lead.  Some good work later on in the quarter from Tom Storey and Christian Farah saw Strom bring the game back to 13 – 13 at the interval.  Storm came out in the second half in a different gear, with Joe Stevenson leading the way Storm caught fire winning the quarter 11 – 2 to seize the initiative in the game.  Scores from Victory Mqangi, George Williams and Will Carter got Storm going in the final quarter as their confidence grew.  This was coupled with some good defensive plays from Klavs Riekstins and Mikolaz Ceglowski that kept Weymouth from scoring too many hoops.  At the final buzzer Storm won by  score of 31 – 22.

A big well done to all the players involved, who listened carefully and improved throughout the tournament showing their potential for development in the future.  Thanks to all the parents who cheered in the boys too.