NBL Under 14s Vs Surrey 11-02-12

Storms impressive team effort and determination rewards them with a nail biting win!

Match Report

Storm travelled to Surrey for the teams first meeting and with only eight players knew it would be a hard fought battle. Starting in the frontcourt were Maranan, Farah and Storey with Stevenson and Gilmartin leading the backcourt.

Storm started the first quarter quite sloppy, allowing players to drive uncontested and gave up a hand full of reach in fouls. This led to an early time out by coach Stuart who explained that they were not going to play at that level any more. Storm came back out with much more composure and started moving the ball around very well seeing at least five to six passes before attacking the basket. Throughout the first quarter it was clear that Storm had the edge in the skill department but would they be able to play well for the whole forty minutes? The first quarter ended 16 – 15.

Heading into the second quarter Storms front line of Maranan, Farah and Storey realised that every time they drove to the basket Surrey’s defense broke down. So they kept the pressure up and either got the score or found each other to combine for 52 points by the end of the game. This with the culminating factor of great defence at the other end led to Storm being up by 8 at the end of the half.

Storm knew that it would be a tall order to play flat out the whole game with only two substitutions and in the third it started to show. Players started to become lazy on defence and began the reach in habit again. On the other end of the floor coaching staff, parents and players alike were starting to get worried about the lack of fouls Storm were able to draw to get to the foul line. Storm kept the persistence up and it did not seem to faze them.

“I was very impressed with the lads for not letting it get to them, they kept focused and got the job done on both ends.” Said coach Stuart. After the buzzer had gone at the end of the third Storms lead was down to just four points.

The fourth quarter was nothing but a fight the whole way through as fouls started to come thick and fast. Unfortunately Storm could not capitalise on this and through out the game only made 25% of their foul shots. It was clear it was going to be a close, but after Maranan, Storms top scorer, came down after a rebound and proceeded to be carried to the bench it did not look promising. Storm now had even fewer players and knew they would have to fill a void, so they stepped up and did just that. Stevenson, Farah and Storey all went into attack mode not letting Surrey get ahead. Towards the end of the quarter Surrey really started fighting resulting in a couple of their players getting fouled out. Storm, however, were struggling at the line and could not pull away. With three minutes to go Maranan made a return not wanting to let his team down and this quickly led to a fast break in which Farah made an important basket. Surrey quickly answered back but after an inbound play with just 2 seconds left Storm were able to hold the ball and claim the win 66-65.

Storm look forward to Surrey coming to meet our full squad next Saturday and would love the support from those noisy under 18s and parents once more!

Scorers: *Maranan 25, *Farah 15, *Storey 12, *Stevenson 8, Davey 4, *Gilmartin 1, Mwangi.

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