NBL Under 14s Vs Surrey 18-03-2012

This was the last time that Storms Under 14s would be performing in front of a home crowed and they took the win with a decent performance.

Match Report

Dorset Storm (16, 19, 15, 11) 61

Surrey Heat (9, 10, 8, 19) 46

Dorset Storms Under 14s ‘finally’ welcomed Surrey to their home court this Sunday and knew that by only beating them by one point last time round, could not be complacent. Storm started with Pettitt and Storey in the front court while Stevenson, Mahoney and Gilmartin guarded the back.

Storm did not start the way they wanted to allowing Surrey to drive at the basket with very little fight and when Pettitt came off with a suspected ankle injury things were not looking great. Luckily Storms remaining starting four got on with it and picked up the slack. It was Storey and Stevenson who put the scoring on their shoulders in the first quarter and between them went on an 8 – 0 run with some great fast break basketball. Storm started to find a rhythm on both sides of the floor and turned good defensive stops into easy lay ups at the other end allowing Farah to end the quarter with two quick baskets. The first quarter ended 16 – 9 to Storm.

The second quarter started with the bench players showing what they were capable of. Both Bennett and Davey being in the right place at the right time for easy twos. Storms defense throughout the second quarter was very reliable and Surrey’s scoring was not consistent leaving a gap of almost seven minutes without a score. This good defense allowed Storm to attack on the offensive end when Surrey were caught off guard. Maranan had six of his eight in the second along with the return of Pettitt and Farahshooting well at the foul line things looked in the bag for Storm. The half came to an end 35 – 19 to Storm.

The third quarter started well for Storm seeing a strong return from Pettitt scoring the ball well however Storms defense started to slip away.

Coach Stuart explained – “Defense is about consistency, you have to be able to stop their offence for 60% of the game and who ever controls this percentage will win the game. We let the other team score in big chunks and allowed them to steal our momentum. If they were a higher ranked team we would of ended up with a loss and I can say that with confidence!”

After Storms slump on defense it was Mahoney and Farah that returned the fore with some great drives to the basket and solid defense especially from Mahoney who limited their main player to just a basket in the whole quarter. Storm ended the third on top 50-27.

Going into the end of the game Storm were struggling at the foul line shooting only 35% as a team, this meant that they only scored 11 points in the quarter allowing Surrey to cut the lead down. Although it was a rushed ending to the game there was still some great basketball being played with Gilmartin grabbing a number of offensive rebounds while being the smallest guy out there, and helping Pettitt to get easy looks at the basket with some good passing. The game ended 61 – 46. Storm deserved the win but need to avoid playing down to other teams style. Storm look forward to their last game of the season against UWIC, a team that really upset their season and the players are looking to put the score right!

Thank you to all the supporters we had on Mothers Day this weekend and hope you enjoyed watching your sons play!

Scorers: *Pettitt 23, Farah 11, Maranan 8, *Stevenson 5, *Mahoney 4, *Storey 4, Davey 4, Bennett 2, *Gilmartin, Taylor, Mwangi.