NBL Under 18s Vs Gloster 04-03-2012

Under 18s never stop fighting, come out with gusty display in round two versus Gloster.

Match Report

Dorset Storm (13, 13, 8, 6) 40

Team Gloster (17, 16, 30, 26) 89

Dorset Storm headed into the second of back-to-back games against Team Gloster knowing that they had their work cut out to compete with their opponents.  Storm fielded a team with just David Rudenko and Stephen Mahinay as genuine Under 18s players, as injury, illness, holiday and unavailability took their toll on the side. Despite that, Storm were focused on what they wanted to achieve, and were keen to fix some of the little issues that appeared in yesterdays game.

Storm opened with Jack Kelly, David Rudenko and Maykel Patino in the backcourt, while Alex Kapuskinci,  given the role following a solid display the day before, joined Joe Butler in the frontcourt.  Patino got the scoring underway for Storm, as the home side opened the game with a series of good defensive displays.  Better boxing out and control of the boards kept Gloster to one shot early on that proved crucial as Storm stayed with their opponents.  Gloster looked like they might have stepped on the accelerator, as they nailed two threes, one from a different postcode.  Storm though responded well as Rudneko and Stephen Mahinay both converted to draw Storm to within four at the end of the first quarter, 13 – 17.

Gloster started the second quarter the better of the two sides, and extended their lead to 10 quickly forcing a timeout from Storm.  Patino came out following the timeout and got to the foul line, converting both.  Jack Kelly was battling with Gloster’s top guard – keeping him to just six points in the opening half!  Kapuskinci re-entered the game and Storm again started to control the boards as he and Rudenko pulled them in time and time again.  By then end of the half, Storm were competing and making life hard for their opponents, but trailed 33 – 26.

Storms second half task was going to be a monumental uphill struggle.  They got off to a great start with Kelly and Kapuscinski nailing jump shots before Butler added two inside forcing Gloster to call an early timeout.  Storm continued to fight and it wasn’t until the half way mark of the quarter that Gloster managed to pull away.  Colley caught fire, scoring 15 in the quarter and 14 in a row as the visitors scored 30 in the quarter, to lead 63 – 34.

Storm continued to fight in the last quarter, and despite taking some big blows under the basket continued to get back up.  Gloster were in full flow by now and as Storm became affected by fatigue they found life increasingly tough.  Gloster found their way to the hoop too easily, as Storm switched defensive strategy to no avail.  Rudenko and Mahiany did keep their composure and they both scored in the final few minutes and helped Storm finish the game with a few good plays.  In the end Gloster ran out winners, but they certainly had to scrap and fight against a Storm team that played well above their years.

Storm were led by the two veterans – David Rudenko and Stephen Mahinay – who kept their heads and talked to the young guns throughout the game with great maturity.  Jack Kelly was again outstanding for Storm, with relentless defence and some great penetration and passes to set up his teammates.  Joe Butler and Maykel Patino both bounced back strong for Storm after struggling with foul trouble on Saturday.   A big thank you to the two Under 14s players who stepped up and made some valuable contributions when needed.

Scorers: Mahinay 12, *Patino 9, *Kapuscinski 7, *Rudenko 5, *Butler 3, *Kelly 2, Pettitt 1, Millatt 1, Farah, J. James.