Double triumph as Storm seal top spots

Storm I crowned champions as Storm II take runners up spot!

Storm II got the evening underway with a match against Salisbury.  It was Salisbury who got the scoring going with a two inside before Storm moved into gear.  Points from Tom Storey and Christian Farah gave Storm a 3 – 2 lead midway through the quarter.  Storm built on this with further scores towards the end of the quarter to finish 7 – 4 up.  Good defence was the key for Storm II, and they carried this on during the second quarter, limiting their opponents to just two baskets.  Storm took a 13 – 8 lead into the half time break.  The third quarter was a break out one for Storm as they scored 13 points in the quarter, with five different players contributing to take a commanding 26 – 11 lead into the final stanza.  Storm kept themselves going in the final quarter as they closed the game out 30 – 21 winners.

Game number two of the tournament saw Storm I play Salisbury.  A tight opening few minutes saw neither team play particularly well.  During the middle part of the quarter two quick threes from Bradley Bennett gave Storm a seven point lead which they extended to 17 – 4 at the end of the quarter.  The second quarter again had a scrappy start with almost four minutes passing before a point was scored by either team.  By the half Storm held a commanding 22 – 11 lead.  Adriel Maranan ensured a quick start to the second half for Storm as he netted the opening six points.  A 9 – 0 run from Storm with scores from Lewis Pettitt and George Davey saw Storm carry a 35 – 18 lead into the final quarter.  Storm continued to pile on the points in the final quarter with they won 15 – 9 to finish 50 – 27 winners.

The final SBL Under 14s game saw Storm I play Storm II.  Vince Ibay got Storm II off to a quick start and a 6 – 4 lead before Adriel Maranan scored back-to-back baskets to help Storm I take a 9 – 6 lead.  It was close all the way in quarter one though as the score was 11 – 9 to Storm I at the buzzer.  In the second quarter both teams exchanged baskets with Lewis Pettitt and Nathan Mahoney scoring four each for Storm I who kept hold of the lead, 19 – 18 at the half.  The third quarter once again started with some intense basketball.  Storm I though were the first to capitalise as a 6 – 0 run allowed them to extend their lead to 29 – 22 with two minutes to play.    Storm II would not stop fighting though, as they closed the quarter with a 6 – 2 run of their own to close the deficit to 28 – 31 at the end of quarter three.  Storm I got going again quickly in the final quarter as they quickly took a 37 – 28 lead.  Coming out of a timeout Storm II got a couple of cheap scores off a press to cut the lead to 37 – 32.  Lewis Pettitt scored for Storm I to give them a 39 – 31 lead with less than 90 seconds to play.  Joe Stevenson scored with a drive along the baseline for Storm II and two foul shots from Farah made the score 39 – 36.  Despite a good effort, Storm II failed to get a successful shot at the buzzer to force overtime and Storm I picked up the three-point win.

The final game result meant that Storm I beat Storm II to the top spot in the Solent Basketball League Under 14s, while Storm II had to settle for second place.  Well down to all those those involved in a good seasons basketball!