Week Four Summer League Full of Surprises!

Shock results are the order of the day in the penultimate Summer League Week

The Dolphins and the Sharks got things underway as the Mini League kicked off Week Four of the Dorset Storm Summer League. It was Dolphins who got off to a quick start as Nathan Legg and Chris Turner opened the scoring. The Sharks came fighting back but, at the half they trailed 10 – 6. The game evened its self up in the second half and with three minutes to go the scores were level at 12 – 12. Big scores from Callum Crook and Nathan Legg in the final few minutes saw the Dolphins take a 18 – 14 victory. Game number two saw the Whales take on the Sharks in a top versus bottom match up. The Sharks landed the first bite as they raced to a 7 – 0 advantage. Despite the Whales fighting back the Dolphins still lead 13 – 8 at the interval. The second half saw both teams step up defensively, but a late run from the Whales brought the game back to 19 – 22 with a minute to go. The Whales though could only add one final basket as the Dolphins held on for 21 -22 victory. The final Mini League game saw the Whales play the Dolphins. A strong first half from the Dolphins allowed them to take an 8 – 2 lead into the second half. The Whales got going in the second half with several different players contributing to the scoring, but in the end their fight back fell just short as the Dolphins held on for a 16 – 14 victory and handing the Whales two loses in one week for the first time in the league. All this means that all three teams are within two games of each other, so heading into the final week all three teams could still finish anywhere from top to bottom.

The first game of the day in the Intermediate League saw the Arrows take on the Darts. A quick start saw the game tied at six midway through the first half. Will Taylor then helped to break the game open with six points in three minutes as the Arrows took a 16 – 8 lead by the end of the half. The Darts got themselves back into the game early in the second half, but a strong finish from the Arrows saw them run out 29 – 19 winners. Game two was between the Bullets and the Darts. Some of the best basketball of the competition was on display in the opening half, as both teams shared the basketball around and converted their shots. At the break the Darts held a slender 16 – 15 lead. The Bullets opened the second half firing, as they went on a 9 – 0 run early on. The Darts weren’t done yet though as scores from Christian Farah and Nathan Mahoney saw them pull back to within one point at 26 – 27. The Bullets held their nerve though and finished with a 31 – 26 victory. The final game of the Intermediate League this week was the Bullets versus the Arrows. A tight first half ended with the scores tied at four. Neither team could break away in the second half and it came down to foul shooting as Vince Ibay held his nerve to nail both of his foul shots in the final minute, unlike the Arrows who missed seven in the second half, as he helped the Bullets take the victory. This sets the league up for a fascinating final week with something riding on every game as the Arrows and the Bullets battle it out for the top spot.

The Junior League opened with the Outlaws taking on the Pirates. A fascinating first half saw both teams exchange baskets but the final two baskets of the half from David Barter saw the Outlaws take a 18 – 15 lead into the intermission. After exchanging baskets early on the Outlaws stepped on the accelerator pedal with an 11 – 0 burst, eight scored by Conor James, to break the game open. They continued to put their foot down as they raced out as 39 – 22 victors. Game number two saw the Smugglers and the Pirates battle it out. It was the Smugglers, who got off to a quick start, opening with an 8 – 0 run. The Pirates responded, taking a 10 – 8 lead themselves. At the half, the Smugglers held a 19 – 18 lead. A strong start to the second half allowed the Smugglers to open up a fair sized lead. Despite some added pressure from the Pirates, the Smugglers held their nerve to complete the shock result, winning 44 – 36. The final game saw the giddy Smugglers take on the Outlaws. A tight opening four minutes was in contrast to the next four minutes as the Outlaws burst out to a 30 – 5 lead. The Smugglers showed some grit and determination though to dominate the final five minutes of the half to go on a 15 – 3 run of their own to close the gap to 35 – 20. With a huge gap still present the Smugglers made inroads early before running out of gas as the Outlaws were able to slowly extend their lead to finish Week Four with a 66 – 37 victory. The Smugglers shock result in game two means that the Outlaws are crowned champions with two games remaining, but every game will be crucial as there is still a battle for second and third as the Pirates currently sit second with three wins, and the Smugglers third with one win.

Please remember that the approximate presentation times for next Saturday are:

Mini League – 11.20am

Intermediate League – 12.50pm

Junior League – 4.15pm

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