NBL Under 14s Vs Bristol 03-03-2012

Calm style of play along side great fast break baskets sees big win over flyers.

Match Report

Dorset Storm (17, 21, 28, 32) 98

Bristol Flyers (12, 9, 10, 11) 42

Dorset Storm Under 14s welcomed Bristol Flyers to their home court for their last meeting between the teams this season. After a great team effort and win last time they played Bristol, Storm looked relaxed going in to the game.

Storm started with Gilmartin and Mahoney in the back court while Farah, Storey and Pettitt led the attack from the front. From the start of the game it was not clear who had the advantage with both teams trading baskets and playing decent defence. By the end of the first quarter it had been Farah and Pettitt who did the damage, both getting to the line and making all of their shots. The first quarter ended 17 – 12 to Storm.

“We had all talked about which players we needed to control on Bristol’s line up and during the game the lads did just that. Especially nice and early in the first quarter we were aggressive towards the basket and helped each other out on defence.” – Said coach Stuart.

Heading in to the second quarter Storm went on an impressive 14 – 2 run with a selection of players getting their name on the scoresheet. Storey, Stevenson and Ibay all took the ball to the basket and combined 12 of those 14. Ibay and Stevenson in particular showing a new found aggression each finishing ‘and one’ plays! It was not all plain sailing for Storm however with some half hearted efforts on defence allowing Bristol to get easy lay ups, and any challenge resulting in weak fouls and sloppy fouls being committed. The second quarter ended in Storms favour though leading 38 – 21.

During the break both Coach Stuart and James high lighted what happened against Bracknell when a healthy lead was thrown away by the end of the game. Storm took this to heart and pounded Bristol on a 15 – 1 run in just two and a half minutes. Storm were great to watch in this mode really pushing the ball when they had the advantage and slowing things down when needed. This run was a combination of Davey, Storey and Maranan but leading from the front was Mahoney who started to get hot from the field hitting two long two pointers and then forcing a Bristol time out with a dagger three! Storm did start to get complacent towards the end of the third quarter allowing Bristol to drive a number of times and committing weak fouls knowing that they were most likely going to win. The third ended 66 – 31.

“It’s something that you will hear in about 30 seconds of being round a basketball court. Move your feet on defence! Defence is the worst feeling for a player. It tires you out very quickly and sometimes to no avail, but if you keep at it and string together a few stops it’s demoralising to the opposing team!” – Said coach Stuart.

Heading in to the end of the game it was clear that Bristol’s players were beginning to let their heads drop, which made it easy for Storm to get out and run.  As Storm grew in confidence, the team played some of the best pressure defence they had shown all season. The game ended 98-42 to Storm.

“All I heard after this game was 98, 98…. I did how ever want to highlight the fact that 42 points is the lowest we have kept a team all season long! Defence wins games and it’s as simple as that.” – Finished Coach Stuart.

Thank you once again for all of the support. Storms Under 14s will now be focusing on carrying over this momentum to their next game away to Taunton this Saturday.

Scorers: *Pettitt 30, *Farah 20, *Mahoney 15, *Storey 14, Maranan 8, Ibay 6, *Gilmartin 2, Davey 2, Stevenson 1, Taylor.

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