Under 14s II extend winning streak to five games

Two more W’s for Storm II as they play Salisbury and Weymouth in Solent League.

Dorset Storm Under 14s II side took to the floor on Friday night in the Solent Area Youth League.  Up first for Storm were Salisbury.  Storm started the game lacking any real aggression at the defensive end, as Salisbury raced into an early 8 -2 lead.  Back to back scores from Storey towards the end of the quarter saw the deficit reduced to 8 – 6 by the buzzer.  Storm started the second quarter much brighter, as they upped the defensive intensity and five different players scored in the quarter as they took a 14 – 10 lead into the half time break.  Storm went from strength to strength in the second half, shooting the ball with confidence the three balls started falling.  Good defence was also key as Storm extended their lead to 25 – 16 entering the final stanza.  Storm maintained their high level of basketball, with five different players again appearing on the score sheet, as they ran out 37 – 21 victors.

Next up for Storm were Weymouth.  In a scrappy opening quarter, Storm created plenty of chances from open play as well as from the foul line.  They failed to capitalise fully though, missing seven foul shots in the quarter, meaning that they lead just 3 – 2 after quarter one!  Storm still struggled in the second quarter, as they found it hard to increase the tempo of the game above the slow paced Weymouth style.  At the half, Storms lead was slender, 10 – 6.  Tempo was always going to be key in this game, with the teams contrasting styles.  It wasn’t until the final couple of minutes of the third that Storm clicked into gear and realised what they had to do to increase the speed of the game.  With it clicking, Storm finished the third quarter on a 6 – 0 run to take a 19 – 12 lead into the final quarter.  With the realisation that defence and early offence was the key Storm caught fire in the final quarter as they exploded to win the game 30 – 14.

In the other game of the tournament, Salisbury beat Weymouth 35 – 11.

A big thanks you to the supporters, and well done to the players for two good