Competitive night in Under 14s SBL

Storm II pick up two wins in Solent League

Dorset Storm Under 14s II started this weeks tournament with an opening game against Weymouth.  Storm II were poor early on, with some sloppy defence and careless offence resulting in them trailing 6 – 3 after quarter one.  Vince Ibay got a couple of early baskets for Storm, but Weymouth responded to take a 13 – 7 lead by the midway point of the quarter.  Coming out of a timeout Storm started to play better defence, and forced their opponents into making wrong decisions. They struggled to turn the defensive pressure into points on offence though, as they shot just 2 of 12 from the foul line.  At the half Storm trailed 13 – 10.  A brighter start from Storm saw them take the lead on the back of a second consecutive from Karl Claveria.  From then on Storm never looked back as they finished the game strongly, and recorded a 29 – 19 victory.

Storm I were up against Weymouth in game two of the tournament.  Lewis Pettitt and Nathan Mahoney ensured Storm got off to a flying start as the two combined for 16 first quarter points as Storm exploded to a 20 – 4 first quarter lead.  Storm continued their momentum in the second quarter and lead 30 – 8 at the half.  Storm continued their good defensive work in the second half, drawing two charges in the third quarter, and making life tough for their opponents.  In the final quarter Storm continued to push the tempo as they ran out 46 – 17 victors.

The final game of the tournament saw the two Storm teams face off against each other.  It was Storm I who got off to the faster start, as they pushed the ball offensively and continued with their aggressive defense from their earlier game. Storm II, managed just two baskets in the quarter, as Storm I led 10 – 4.  Storm II came out harder on the second quarter but there were still too many easy scores for Storm I.  A Joe Stevenson triple and put back from Tom Storey in the final minute of the half, gave Storm II hope as they trailed 18 – 14 at the half.  A nip and tuck third quarter saw both teams struggle to put the ball in the hoop as the tension grew Storm I were the team able to hold their nerve to extend their lead to 24 – 17 heading into the final stanza.  Storm II opened the final quarter with a bang thanks to Tom Storey who was firing on all cylinders – scoring seven unanswered points to tie the game at 24.  The momentum had now swung to Storm II, but Lewis Pettitt responded with a score for Storm I before Storm II closed the game out with the final seven points to win 31 – 26.