Storm II have a good Friday, pick up two victories

Under 16s II move equal with Storm I after two wins in SBL

Dorset Storm Under 16s faced Dorchester in the Under 16s Solent League on Friday night.  In a incredibly scrappy opening quarter in which Storm played some poor basketball meant the game was tied at 6 – 6.  Storms basketball did not improve in the second quarter either.  A lack of defence and some poor decision making offensively lead to Dorchester having a five point lead at one stage.  Back-to-back baskets from Tom Hennessy resulted in Storm clawing their way back into the game, by the half they still trailed though 19 – 15.

Opening the second half on the back of a Readhead rant, Storm were a different team.  Defensively they were much tighter, and stopped dribble penetration forcing Dorchester into contested shots from a long way away.  Offensively Alex Kapuskinski and Hennessy found opportunities to score regularly.  Storm finished the third 27 – 29 up.  Storm controlled the final quarter from start to finish, thanks mainly to some in discipline from their opponents, who gifted them plenty of free throws in the quarter.  In the end, on the back of 18 points from Tom Hennessy, Storm won 36 – 28.

Next up for Storm would be a greater challenge in the form of a well-drilled and physical Weymouth side.  Storm started much better in this game, with Jordan James and Kapuskinksi scoring the opening eight points for Storm to given them an early 8 – 4 lead.  For most of the opening quarter, solid defence was back up with improved spacing and ball movement as Storm ended quarter one 12 – 8 up.  In remained tight during the second quarter as the team exchanged baskets throughout.  At the half, Storm maintained their three point lead, with the scoreboard reading 22 – 19.

Storm started the third quarter with a bang, a 7 – 0 run took their lead up to 29 – 19.  Storm carried on playing good basketball – a key part to their success was their ball movement that resulted in five different players sharing the 13 points in the quarter.  Heading into the final stanza Storm lead 35 – 24.  The final quarter saw Storm play solid defence again, which prevented Weymouth from making any large inroads into their deficit.  As time ran out, Storm won 45 – 28 to pick up their second W of the evening.

In the other match of the night, Weymouth comfortably defeated Dorchester 48 – 36.