Dorset Storm Under 12s split SBL tournament

Storm beat Dorchester in overtime thriller!

Despite missing senior players Dorset Storm Under 12s were looking to build on their impressive display in the last tournament against Dorchester.  The two teams kicked off Friday’s Under 12s SBL tournament with Storm getting off to a fast start thanks to Harry Jackson and Nathan Legg who scored the opening six points.  A poor second quarter saw Dorchester fight back as Storm held a slender lead 8 – 6 at the half.  Storm continued to play poor basketball in the third quarter with Carl Gordula the only player to score as Dorchester sailed into a 14 – 10 lead.  In the fourth quarter Storm tightened up at the defensive end, and continued to attack the basket.  Despite falling further behind, a 6 – 0 run over the final two minutes saw them tie the game, which was heading into overtime!  Both teams tried to attack the basket, but it was Nathan Legg with an offensive rebound and a strong finish that in the end proceed to be the winning basket for Storm, who won an absolutely remarkable game, 18 – 16.

In the second game of the tournament, Weymouth beat Dorchester 32 – 16.

Storm and Weymouth would play each other in the final game of the evening.  Storm were sloppy early on, as Weymouth dribbled easily past the Storm defenders and converted lay-ups to lead 8 – 0 at one stage in the first quarter.  Lewis Plant eventually ended the scoring drought and some good defence from Harry Ingram and Kieran Blemings helped Storm close the gap to 8 – 4 at the end of the quarter.  Kundiso Majome helped Storm maintain their better play in the second quarter and Elliot Hough got stuck in defensively too.  By the half time break Storm had managed to fight their way back and the game was tied at 14.  Neither team was able to breakaway in the third quarter as the score finished 30 – 30 heading into the final quarter.  With Jackson, Legg, Majome and Gordula all scoring in the final quarter Storm held a slender 29 – 30 lead with 30 seconds to play.  A couple of sloppy moments of defence allowed easy passes for Weymouth and they scored a lay-up to take the lead for the final time, 31 – 30.

Despite the second game loss, the players can be extremely pleased of a job well done.  Missing experienced players everybody stepped up and played some really good basketball.  It was the best basketball of the year from Storms Under 12s who are improving each week.  Now they must keep it up!