Under 12s secure Solent League title with 59 – 39 victory over Weymouth.

The Under 12s took on Weymouth on Friday night in their final Solent Basketball Tournament of the season.  A scrappy start to the game saw Storm lead by 2 – 1 after five minutes of action!  Harry Batson and Joe Turner stepped up for Storm as they nailed a couple of baskets in the second part of the quarter.  By the end of a poor quarter for both teams Storm held a 9 – 5 lead.

Storm started the second quarter playing much better basketball.  More spacing and improved passing created open shots that Own Hale, Nathan Legg and Kundiso Majome all scored.  By the sixth minute of the quarter Storm had gone on a 14 – 2 tear, and held a 23 – 7 lead.  Alex McNamara had helped Storm be really good defensively, the team moved their feet and played good defence. Harry Jackson ensured Storm finished the half well to take a 28 – 13 lead into the half time break.

In the second half Weymouth came out and played some good basketball early on.  Storm responded on every occasion with a good play of their own, as the teams exchanged baskets for the opening four minutes.  Weymouth were then able to score three consecutive baskets forcing a Storm timeout.  When Storm went back on the court, they regained their focus, tightened up their defence and started scoring their lay-ups as they went on a 13 – 0 run to finish the quarter.  Baskets came from Lewis Plant, Sam Hunt, Jackson and Batson.  At the end of three periods Storm led 47 – 25.

Storm wanted to continue to play good basketball in the final quarter.  They did that, passing the ball about and keeping their spacing well.  Their defence continued to be good, staying in front of their players and rebounding the ball really well.  With both teams getting tired, there were plenty of subs in the quarter as both teams exchanged baskets.  As the final buzzer went, it was Storm who finished winners by a score of 59 – 39.

It was a great way to finish the season for Storm.  The team has improved at each tournament – remember, it was not that long ago they were tied with Dorchester for third place, but on the back of eight consecutive wins they have leapfrogged the competition and finished in first place!!!

A huge well done to all the players who have put in the hard work at training to ensure that they are always improving.  A big thank you to all the noisy support from the sideline too!