Storm I take control of SBL Under 16s

Wins over Weymouth and Storm II elevate Storm I to top spot.

Dorset Storm II kicked off the evening against Weymouth.  A slow start saw Storm fall 4 – 0 behind.  Storm II played some good basketball but their inability to finish around the basket caused them problems.  They foughtback though and led 6 – 4 after quarter one.  In the second period neither team could break free, with Alex Kapuskinski scoring all six points for Storm II.  At the half Storm trailed 13 – 11.  The game remained a nip and tuck affair with Weymouth taking a 23 – 22 lead into the final quarter.  The final quarter saw Weymouth get off to a quicker start as they raced to a 27 – 23 lead.  Storm II tried to fight their way back but in the end the deficit was too great as they slipped to a 30 – 28 defeat.

In the second game of the tournament Storm I faced Weymouth.  A tight first quarter saw Storm I came out 13 – 9 on top on the back of six points from Dan Message.  Storm I then came out in dominant mood as they outscored Weymouth 12 – 0 in the quarter to lead 25 – 9 at the half.  Continued good defense and some power finishing around the basket saw Storm I continue to dominate the game as they raced to a 31 – 13 lead at the end of the third stanza.  The game continued in their favor as Charlie Harlandled the way offensively to help Storm I close out with an impressive 39 – 22 victory.

The final game of the tournament was the big one with Storm I and Storm II facing each other.  Michael Hester came out firing for Storm II, and with Alex Kapuskinski also in dominant form they led 16 – 14 after the first quarter.  Storm I came out with a new aggressiveness about them in the second quarter as two 8 – 0 runs in the second period gave them a 10 point lead at the half time interval. Alex Kapuskinski tried to inspire a Storm II fight back, nailing a triple and scoring on three other occasions in the quarter but Storm I continued to build their lead, leading 50 – 31 after three.  An even final quarter followed with Storm I gaining a narrow advantage as Maykel Patino and Bruce Mercieca continued to lead their charge with some good ball handling and control of the game as they ran out 62 – 38 winners.

So, after the first inter club battle in the Under 16s competition Storm I hold control of the series.  Storm II will also be left regretting a poor opening display against Weymouth that has made the league wide open!  Another great nights basketball, well done to all involved…  Can’t wait until the next one!

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