High drama in Summer League

Four games separated by a single basket in exhilarating Week Two action.

It was top (Whales) versus bottom (Sharks) that got Week Two of the Dorset Storm Mini Summer League underway. With four different players scoring early on it was the Sharks who got going the quickest. By the half they lead 12 – 4. Despite the Whales turning it on in the second half, the Sharks weren’t to be denied their first win as Owen Hale scored eight, helping them to their first win of the league 18 – 13. Game two saw the Dolphins face the Whales. A tight first half resulted in the game being tied, 9 – 9 at the half. Brandon Storey continued his excellent form scoring six second half points as the Whales defeated the Dolphins 17 – 15 in a great finish. In the weeks final Mini League game the Sharks got off to a quick start against the Dolphins. The Dolphins came fighting back though and at the half led 8 – 4. A gripping second half saw two tired team battle to get an advantage. In the final minute a Joe Turner basket put the Sharks up 12 – 9 and that was how the score stayed. This means that Whales sit top of the league with the Sharks second and the Dolphins bringing up the rear.

Next up it was the Intermediate League with the Darts and the Bullets in action. Nathan Mahoney got the Darts off to a red hot start as he nailed jump shots from all over the court as the Darts led 12 – 7 at the half. The Bullets got off to a flying start in the second half, but the Darts quickly answered back. It wasn’t until the final 90 seconds when Adriel Maranan and Vince Ibay combined to score eight points that the Bullets came from 20 – 13 down to 21 – 20 ahead and secured a fantastic last second victory. Game two saw the Arrows and Bullets square up. The Arrows took the first blow, with a lightning quick 12 – 0 start! The Bullets wouldn’t give up though as they continued to fight, but eventually went down 26 – 14. Game number three saw the Darts face the Arrows. The Arrows got off to the better start, leading 10 – 6 at the half. Scores from Lewis Pettitt and Tom Storey allowed the Arrows to keep their noses in front before a late surge from Nathan Mahoney and Christian Farah saw the Darts fall by just one point, 21 – 20. This means that the Arrows top the intermediate league, closely followed by Bullets and then the Darts.

The Junior League got underway with the Pirates and the Smugglers playing. It was the Pirates that came out firing as they raced into a 10 – 2 lead. The Smugglers did finish the half with more controlled basketball but still trailed 19 – 10 at the half. Things got interesting late in the second half as the Smugglers nailed a couple of triples, but two big baskets in the penultimate minute from Christian Donohoe saw the Pirates hold on or 32 – 28 win. Game two saw the Outlaws take on the Smugglers and once again produced one of the biggest scores in Summer League history as the Outlaws scored over 50 points against the Smugglers for the second consecutive week, as they won 56 – 38. The final game saw the Outlaws face the Pirates. A tense opening start saw neither team get away, as the Outlaws relied on their inside play and the Pirates were firing away from downtown. At the half the Pirates held a slender 19 – 16 lead. The Outlaws started the second half with a 6 – 0 run to take the lead. They never looked back as Conor James led the second half charge as the Outlaws secured their second victory of the day with a 38 – 29 victory. This means that the Outlaws sit unbeaten at the top of the league, whilst the Pirates are not that far behind in second. Bring up their rear are the Smugglers who will be looking to put in an improved performance next weekend as they search for their first win.

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Dorset Storm Summer League 2012 Week Two Gallery:

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