Storm II take two wins in SBL Under 16s

Storm II beat Storm I to square the head to head series

Both Dorset Storm I and Dorset Storm II were in action on Friday night in the Under 16s Solent Basketball League.  In the opening game of the tournament Storm II faced Dorchester.  Storm had a fast start with Tom Hennessy dominating early on as he scored an incredibly 15 first quarter points.  Storm continued to play well in the second as they took a 23 – 6 lead into the half time break.  In the second half, Storm continued to show some good offensive play, along with hustle and intensity at the defensive end of the court.  By the end of the game Storm ran out winners 50 – 16.

In the second game Storm I faced Dorchester.  Both teams exchanged baskets early on, with David Barter dominating Storms scoring.  A good second quarter allowed Storm to take a 24 – 10 lead into the half time interval.  In the third quarter Storm pushed the ball more, with Charlie Harland netting six in the quarter.  The final quarter continued to be Storms as Storm I also picked up a 55 – 21 victory.

The final game of the day was between the two Storm teams, with Storm II needing the victory after Storm I came out winners last time the teams met.  Both teams played out a tense first quarter, with four late points from Michael Hester helping Storm II take a 10 – 5 lead into the quarter break.  A better second quarter from Storm I with key scores from Kandai Tahori saw them close the gap to 20 – 17 at the half.  Storm I struggled to find any rhythm in the third quarter as Storm II took control with a 12 – 1 run to take a 32 – 24 lead into the final quarter.  Storm I were not out of the game however, and with a great defensive effort they managed to hold Storm II scoreless in the whole of the final quarter, and with a Makenzie Lelliott basket in the final minute they tied the game at 32.  Overtime was coming!  Storm II started the stronger of the two teams as scores from Jordan James and Michael Hester gave them an early four-point lead. Both teams had chances from the foul line, but with the pressure telling only one of the first eight shots was converted.  In the end the quick start from Storm II saw them to a 42 – 35 victory and tie the series at one.

It was another good night of basketball with plenty of highlights over the three games.  Well done to all the players, and lets hope the next game between the two teams is just as exciting.

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