Storm II pick up two crucial wins in SBL

Victory sees Storm II move to top of league, Storm I level with Weymouth for second / third place.

In the opening game of the night’s tournament Storm II exploded to a 13 – 4 first quarter lead after a sloppy opening three minutes where Weymouth went into a 4 – 0 lead.  A multi dimensional attack was key for Storm II with four different players scoring baskets in that opening quarter.  Storm II opened the second quarter in disappointingly unfocused fashion allowing Weymouth to go on a 7 – 0 run.  Following a timeout Storm re-found their more team orientated style of play as the quarter closed.  At the half they lead 17 – 20.  Storm continued to struggle and get into any rhythm and Weymouth had tied the game at 29 heading into the final quarter.  A different Storm team came out in the final quarter.  Aggressive offensively and more ruthless at the defensive end Storm opened with a crucial 8 – 0 run finishing the game as 40 – 33 winners.

Storm I were next up against Weymouth.  A tight first quarter saw Storm lead 11 – 8.  A poor second quarter allowed Weymouth to get right back into the game as Weymouth took advantage of numerous Storm fouls to convert from the foul line.  At the half time interval Storm held a 15 – 14 lead.  Starting the second half, Charlie Harland helped Storm to extended their lead in the opening few minutes.  Weymouth came fighting back before Harland added further points to the score sheet – it was the second consecutive quarter that Harland was the only Storm player on the scoreboard!  The final quarter was again a nip-and-tuck affair as both team exchanged baskets.  Some poor foul shooting meant Storm could close out of the game comfortably, four points from Harland in the penultimate minute gave Storm a 30 – 24 lead that they would never lose again as they won 31 – 28.

The final game saw the two Storm teams battle it out.  A quick start from Storm I was quickly erased as Alex Kapuskinski dominated the scoring for Storm II with 11 first half points.  A relatively slow first quarter ended 6 – 2 for Storm II.  Harland then added a couple of baskets to bring the score back to 9 – 8 with a minute to play in the half before a couple of big scores from Storm II saw them take a 14 – 8 lead into the break.  It was Storm I who started brightly in the third quarter as they cut the deficit to two at 14 – 16 before imploding.   Over the last three and a half minutes of the quarter a 17 – 1 run by Storm II saw them take a commanding 33 – 18 lead into the final quarter.  Storm I made a strong come back early in the final quarter going on a 10 – 0 run of their own, but Storm II were able to see out the game to win 39 – 38.