NBL Under 14’s Vs Bracknell 04-02-12

Best start of the season is shattered by lack of concentration in the last quarter.

Match report

Dorset Storm (15, 21, 13, 7) 56

Bracknell Cobras (17, 9, 20, 14) 60

Storm welcomed Bracknell to Rossmore Leisure Centre for their second meeting of the season. Storm, after losing the last two games, had a new found excitement about them and there was a few players looking to impress.

The first quarter was an excellent sight for the coaching staff with great one-on-one defence and good simple offence, moving the ball around quickly and getting good open looks. There were a lot of shots that were not dropping for Storm but they stayed determined and kept on driving. Keeping the score tight at the end, 15 – 17.

Storm started the second quarter much the same and went on a 12 – 2 run. The all round atmosphere from the bench players and spectators was getting the team going on the court. With every player doing their job on the floor and, if there was any mistakes, the players put it behind them and got on with it. The second quarter ended in Storms favour, 36 – 26.

In the half time break coach Stuart made it very clear that he didn’t want all the players to get complacent just because we were 10 points ahead.

Starting the third Storm still had the aggression on defence but were not driving enough towards the basket.  As Storm failed to increase their score, they started to get a little bit fed up on the way back to the defensive end. This led to some sloppy defence and some easy put backs for Bracknell. Storm realised they could not give in so soon, and great defensive plays from Pettitt and Parry stopped the scoring streak from Bracknell. The third quarter finished with Storm hanging on, 49 – 46.

This was only the second time that Storm had been ahead going in to the last quarter in the whole season. Slowly but surely Storm started to surrender to the more determined Bracknell who kept on finding their main player. He went on a 10 – 0 run with no answer from Storm as they got frustrated with each other and the mistakes started to mount up. Turnovers where a big factor in the third and fourth quarter ending with some players in double figures! In the last few minutes Storm’s defence completely disappeared with players ball watching and having no desire to get the ball. It was an exhilarating game for everyone to watch and the support from the parents and the Under 18’s squad was defiantly a factor in a good game. Sadly, Storm came up short and lost, 56 – 60.

Storm will travel away for their next game this Saturday against Surrey Heat and will look to learn from this performance and take the good things away from it.

All the players did their part through out the game but there were three performances that really shone out to the coaches by being effective in all areas of the game.  Christian Farah with 12 points, 18 rebounds, one steal and three assists played an unrivalled game fighting for every rebound he came across. Tom Storey with six points, nine rebounds, two steals, three assists and did not turn the ball over once!  Lewis Pettitt with 21 points, nine rebounds, one steal and a charge had a solid defensive game while leading the team with his scoring.

Scorers: *Pettitt 21, *Farah 12, *Maranan 7, *Storey 6, Mahoney 4, Ibay 3, *Gilmartin 3, Bennett, Parry, Stevenson.