Blockbuster finish in SBL Under 14s tournament

Nothing can separate Storm I and II in Solent League.

Both Dorset Storm teams were in action on Friday night in the Solent Basketball League. 

In the opening game Storm II got off to a good start against Salisbury as Tom Storey led the way with five first half points.  By the half Storm held a slender 11 – 3 lead, and neither team would have been happy during the half time break.  A poor third quarter saw Storm fall behind to the Wiltshire based team, before Will Carter popped up with four points to give Storm a 17 – 15 lead heading into the final quarter.  In the final quarter Storm stepped it up a gear, dominating from the first play.  Eight points in the quarter from Joe Stevenson led Storm to a comfortable 36 – 23 victory.

In game two Storm I faced Salisbury.  Storm got off to a good start leading 13 – 5 after the first quarter.  Salisbury came out fighting in the second quarter and it was only a series of quick baskets from Bradley Bennett that kept Storm in front at the half, 21 – 15.  Storm dominated the third period, as Bennett continued to lead the way as Storm carried a 38 – 22 advantage into the final quarter.  After George Davey opened the scoring in the quarter for Storm, an 11 – 0  run from Salisbury brought them right back into the game.  In the end, the lead Storm had opened in the first three quarter saw them home 41 – 35.

In the final game both Storm teams faced each other.  A poor start from Storm II allowed Storm I to get off to a flying start as they lead 13 – 2 after the opening quarter.  Storm II put up more resistance in the second quarter, but Storm I still looked to be home and dry leading 19 – 8.  Storm II were once again a different team in the second half as Christian Farah and Jamie Holgate dominated early on.  Storm I got into foul trouble and Storm II came fighting back to tie the game at 23 each with one period remaining.  Storm I opened the final quarter with a 6 – 0 burst, but Storm II would not go away.  Tom Storey gave Storm II their first lead with two minute to play, 38 – 36.  With just 2.6 seconds to go and Storm I trailing 39 – 40 Bradley Bennett found himself on the foul line for Storm I.  He nailed one out of two and tied the game.  Storm II could get a score with the final play of the game, and the game tied at 40. 

With the available court time run out, the game finished a draw but has been referred to the Solent Area Basketball Association Competitions Secretary who will decide how the outcome of the game should be decided.  Check back for the utsome soon.

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