Under 12s do the double in Solent League

Storms Under 12s show their improvement, win both tournament games for first time in 2012

Dorset Storm Under 12s were in action on Friday night as they faced Weymouth in their first game of the tournament.  Storm opened the game well, with some strong play around the hoop, but by the end of a low scoring opening quarter Weymouth held a 3 – 2 advantage.  Storm though built quickly on a solid first quarter as Joseph Turner caught fire to help Storm take the lead.  By then end of the quarter, six points form Turner had helped Storm gain a 12 – 10 lead.  With Storm visibly growing in confidence they got off to a lightning quick start and with some great passing and cutting they extended their advantage to 6 – 23 before Weymouth called a timeout.  Weymouth came out of the timeout and immediately scored, but Harry Jackson then netted for Storm to restore their advantage at 8 – 25 heading into the final quarter.  A solid final quarter from Storm allowed them to hold on for an impressive 12 – 31 victory over Weymouth – their first victory against them in 2012.

In the final game of the tournament Storm faced Dorchester.  A poor start for Storm with passes going astray and a lack of focus on defence allowed Dorchester to take an early lead.  Jackson and Nathan Legg hit back for Storm who took a slender 4 – 2 lead into the first quarter break.  Storm improved and played better basketball in the second quarter and held a 14 – 8 lead at the half.  Jackson continued to lead Storm in scoring during a tight third quarter that allowed Storm to take a 20 – 12 lead into the final quarter.  Storm finished the night with a top quality defensive display to hold Dorchester scoreless in their fourth quarter as they ran out 26 – 12 winners as debutant Harry Batson scored the tournaments final basket.

Two great performances from Storm, in which they managed to improve not only on their previous performance but also throughout the evening.  Good spacing on offence and staying wide are key things that the players are becoming much better at doing and the results are promising.

A big well done to the players that had to play longer than normal due to illnesses to several of the regulars.

Note: In the opening game of the tournament Weymouth beat Dorchester 28–7.

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