Under 12s pick up big victory in Solent League

Storm continue to show improvement, come from behind to pick up win

With Dorchester unable to attend this Under 12s Solent League tournament there was only one, full length game between Weymouth and Dorset Storm.

Storm opened the scoring as Harry Batson drove along the baseline and scored the layup.  Storm though, never took control of the game, as they were sloppy defensively and gave the ball away when attacking.  Quickly Weymouth took advantage and Storm found themselves 10 – 2 down and having to call a timeout.  Storm took to the court following the timeout with much more focus, and with a more aggressive approach defensively they made life uncomfortable for their opponents.  With five points, Harry Jackson led the way as Storm went on an 11 – 0 run in the final three minutes of the quarter.  At the end of quarter one, Storm led 13 – 10.

Storm started the second quarter the way they had finished the first.  Strong drives to the basket and determined defence saw them extend that run by five further point to take a 18 – 10 lead and complete a 16 point turnaround.  Sam Hunt and Owen Hale both scored baskets for Storm as the quarter went on, while Kundiso Majome and Nathan Legg maintained the defensive pressure. A Harry Ingram basket gave Storm their first double figure lead of the game at 11 on a driving lay-up.  Storm closed the second quarter with some great basketball, outstanding passing and spacing being important as they closed the half with a 31 – 17 lead.

Both teams started the second half a little sluggishly, and it wasn’t until the second minute that any points were put on the board.  Weymouth opened the half with a 4 – 1 run to reduce the deficit, but Carl Gordula and Lewis Plant responded with three in a row for Storm to help get them started in the second half.  Weymouth though, would not give up and they battled their way back to reduce the deficit to nine points forcing another Storm timeout.  Out of the timeout it was Harry Jackson who was the first to respond again with a slick driving layup, before Nathan Legg and Sam Hunt added further baskets to help Storm recover and finish the quarter 42 – 29 up.

Storm wanted to improve their display further in the fourth quarter, targeting several little things to tidy up.  A sloppy start, didn’t set a great tone, with too much dribbling and poor shot selection in the opening few minutes.  Once Storm started passing the ball and moving and cutting to create space when they didn’t have the ball, they started scoring again.  A 9 – 0 run over a couple of minutes made the game safe for Storm, who continued to rebound the ball well.  Defensively, the players were now doing a much better job of staying in front of their players and not allowing easy baskets.  With the substitutions coming thick and fast to keep fresh legs on the floor, Storm kept up their intensity and effort, as they finished winners 63 – 41.

All in all it was a great display from the Under 12s.  Staying in front of their players when defending and rebounding the ball well were two important things for Storm on defence.  On offence, it was spacing and passing that was the key focus for Storm.  With one tournament to go, there is still all to play for and Storm will be keen to show that they have improved before the next tournament.  Finally, a big thank you to all the noisy supporter along the sideline – you could certainly be heard!