NBL Under 14s Vs Surrey 27-01-2013

Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 14s versus Surrey 27th January 2013 1Under 14s look on course for first win of the year, but game abandoned with six minutes to play.

Dorset Storm (9, 15, 10, …) 38

Surrey Rams (11, 14, 10, …) 41

Dorset Storms Under 14s travelled to Lightwater Leisure Centre on Sunday to play their National League game against the Surrey Rams.  Storm were missing a few players due to other commitments, but were keen to build on their impressive performance against Solent Kestrels two weekends ago.

After a delay to the tip-off due to incomplete paperwork from the home side, Storm opened with Max Gilmartin, Harry Jackson and Harry Batson in the back court while Marc Negrillo and Seth Nay made up the front line.  Storm started well, some good anticipation and quick hands on defence saw them create steals and convert on the break for an early 6 – 0 lead.  Surrey soon settled into their stride though and got themselves back into the game.  Storm continued to play good defence most of the time, but any lapse in concentration was immediately punished by Surrey.  An end to end first quarter resulted in Surrey holding a one basket lead, 11 – 9 by the buzzer.

Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 14s versus Surrey 27th January 2013

The second quarter started in much the same manner as the first with Storms first score coming from a Jackson and-one.  Both teams continued to exchange blows. Nay and Klavs Riekstins battled hard to grab rebounds and Jackson and Gilmartin showed their ball handling and range of passes at the offensive end.  Back-to-back baskets from Batson kept Storm level with their opponents.  Owen Hale and Nathan Legg kept things ticking over for Storm with some hard work defensively so that by the time the half time break arrived the teams were still tightly matched with Surrey one point up 25 – 24.

Storm got off to a quick start in the third quarter; some great defence gave them the opportunity to convert on the fast break.  Surrey though would not go away, and they came back strongly during the middle part of the period.  Negrillo though stepped up and added some crucial points for Storm.  Another fascinating quarter saw both teams continue to match each other, with the scoreboard readying 35 – 34 to Surrey.

Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 14s versus Surrey 27th January 2013 2Storm opened the fourth quarter with a couple of sloppy possessions as Surrey took advantage to go four up.  A Storm timeout settled things down and scores from Jackson and Gilmartin brought them back to within three points.  More good rebounding allowed Max Gilmartin to attack the basket and draw a foul on the lay-up, perhaps crucially it was the fifth foul on one of Surreys most influential players.  Before the free throws could be taken though, the game was stopped due to the time on the court booking running out!

For Storm it was a huge disappointment.  The momentum was just shifting to their advantage with six minutes still to be played.  There were good performances from Seth Nay inside, whist Harry Batson finished in and around the hoop well.  Max Gilmartin and Harry Jackson both played great games too, the latter with arguably his best game of the season.  Storm will look to keep this momentum going over the next couple of weeks at training before they entertain Reading Rockets on Saturday 9th February.

Scorers: *Batson 10, *Gilmartin 9, *Jackson 9, *Nay 6, *Negrillo 4, Hale, Legg, Riekstins.