NBL Under 18s Vs Gloster 03-03-2012

Good performances in difficult circumstances for Under 18s versus league leaders

Match Report

Dorset Storm (7, 15, 11, 17) 53

Team Gloster (26, 15, 27, 23) 91

Dorset Storm Under 18s faced Team Gloster Jets on Saturday in the first game of a double header weekend against the league leaders.  Storm entered the game on the back of a series of thrilling games, the last of which was an overtime defeat at the hands of Wiltshire.  Storm were missing their leading scorer Oliver Heath, making the task ahead of them even more difficult.

Storm opened the game with the usual backcourt of Jack Kelly, Conor James and David Rudenko, while Joe Butler and Seb Darby were paired together in the front court.  Storm didn’t get of to the greatest of starts as Butler had two fouls in the opening minute and had to take a seat.  Gloster were dominant throughout the first four minutes opening with an 11 – 0 tear forcing an early timeout from Storm.  Defensively Storm started to play better, but offensively they failed to find any consistency against Gloster’s pressure defence. At the end of quarter one, Storm trailed 26 – 7.

Storm opened the second quarter playing better basketball.  Defensively they were more focused, led well by Jack Kelly and Maykel Patino.  Seb Darby chipped in with a couple of nice plays as Storm raised their game.  Good play from Jordan James and a lay-up on the break from Bradley Millatt gave Storm further momentum.  A flying Tom Storey pulled down a huge offensive rebound, and was fouled as Gloster called a timeout on the back of a 5 – 0 Storm run.  A Patino three finished the half for Storm, but they still trailed 25 – 41.

During the opening three or four minutes of the second half, both teams exchanged baskets. Storm continued with solid defence, helped by Butler being back on the floor after his early foul trouble.  Storm looked like they could be in trouble as Darby picked up his third foul and took a seat on the bench midway through the quarter, but Alex Kapuscinski stepped up and came up with some big defensive plays and points in and around the basket.  Lapses in concentration at the defensive end allowed Gloster to many easy points, and as Storm failed to convert on their foul shots either they found the deficit growing.  A three from Michael Stevenson and a score inside from Kapuscinski helped Storm.  At the end of three Gloster led 36 – 68.

Storm came out in the fourth quarter determined to keep fighting.  Jack Kelly set the tone early in the final quarter for Storm, converting on the break from his own effort defensively.  Jordan James was also making life tough for Gloster’s guards as Gloster took an early timeout.  Storm continued to play good basketball, but a couple of silly plays from two of Storms senior plays gave Gloster a bunch of foul shots which they capitalised from.  Storey nailed a jump shot from the wing, and Patino nailed two of two from the line to ensure Storm finished the game off well, but Gloster ran out winners 53 – 91.

Despite the result Storm can take a lot of positives from the game.  It’s a rare opportunity for a team to play back to back and Storm will be looking to improve from one day to the next.

Seb Darby was outstanding for Storm, finishing with 14 rebounds.  Jack Kelly and Maykel Patino led the charge against Gloster’s guards defensively, and Alex Kapuscinski was active in and around the basket for Storm.  It was David Rudenko and Stephen Mahinay who tied for the leading points scorers.  Storm will have to get a good nights rest as they have to do at it all over again tomorrow!

Scorers: Mahinay 11, *Rudenko 11, Patino 9, Kapuscinski 7, Stevenson 5, *Darby 4, *Kelly 2, Storey 2, Millatt 2, J. James, *C. James, *Butler.