NBL Under 16s Vs Stroud 02-02-2013

Dorset Storm Basketball Club Under 16s NBL 2nd March Stroud 2
Second four point loss in two weekends leaves Under 16s frustrated.

Dorset Storm (10, 19, 16, 16) 61

Stroud Sharks (22, 15, 17, 11) 65

Dorset Storm Under 16s travelled to Stroud to take on the Sharks.  Storm travelled without the ill Michael Hester but did welcome back Lewis Pettitt and Alex Kapuscinski for the first time in 2013.

Storm opened with Christian Farah, Tom Hennessy and Brad Bennett in the back court whilst Lewis Oldwas joined by Tom Storey in the front court. Dorset Storm Basketball Club Under 16s NBL 2nd March Stroud The changed starting five opened the game well.  Aggressive defence resulted in nothing easy for the home side in the opening five minutes.  As a result Storm took an early 8 – 2 lead.  As the quarter went on though Stroud started to claw their way back into the game, as Storm got sloppy.  Poor defence and a catalogue of turnovers allowed Stroud to go on a 10 – 0 tear, slowed only by a Storm timeout.  A Kapuscinski basket helped Storm reach double figures, but the damage was done at the other end as Storm trailed 22 – 10 after one.

Kapuscinski and Old helped Storm get off to a good start at the offensive end.  Defensively Storm were slightly tougher, but still not perfect.  Tom Storey continued to do a great job on Stroud’s key threat, limiting him to only two first half points when the pair were matched up.  Pettitt made the free throw line a second home during the middle phase of the quarter.  When Farah and Hennessy reentered the game for the last few minutes they combined for all the points in a 7 – 2 run as Storm trailed 37 – 29 at the half.

Storm had a shaky start to the second half, as Stroud scored the opening basket before Farah scored back-to-back baskets.  Dorset Storm Basketball Club Under 16s NBL 2nd March Stroud 1Storm moved the ball well at times and then attacked the basket.  Kapuscinski added an additional scoring touch for Storm as he and Farah combined for Storms opening 14 points of the period.  Storey continued to battle away at the defensive end of the court continuing to limit the effectiveness of Stroud’s big.  Storm were still chasing the game at the end of the third, as they trailed 54 – 45.

Storm needed a good start to the final quarter to help close the gap early.  Although they never got a super quick start they did manage to eat into the lead Stroud held.  More importantly Stroud were now unable to score against Storms improved defensive effort.  Entering the final 90 seconds Storm again had to gamble, and did so well.  Unlike last week at Gloster, Stroud shot poorly from the foul line, converting just three of twelve attempts but Storm couldn’t find enough points at the other end as they fell to a 65 – 61 defeat.

It was another disappointing display from a team that is capable of producing much more.  Dorset Storm Basketball Club Under 16s NBL 2nd March Stroud 3Once again, one poor spell – in just four minutes Stroud scored twelve points – was the decisive period in the game.  Post game assistant coach Jill Kemish reflected what was missing from todays display.

“You have to have the mindset that you want to come in and dominate.  We needed a spark not from one or two players, but from everybody when they were in the game today.

There’s not a team we can not beat in this league if we come committed to play for the whole game. The players need to believe that and start playing like a top team.”

Storm were led, by 19 points and 13 rebounds from Alex Kapuscinski whilst Christian Farah added 16 points, three steals and three assists. The two were particularly outstanding in the third quarter where they combined for all but one basket for Storm. Tom Storey was the other standout player as he played defence on Stroud’s big as good as you will see all year.

Storm will be back in action next Saturday at Rossmore Leisure Centre, as they face Bristol Storm, tip-off is at 3.30pm.

Scorers: Kapuscinski 19, *Farah 16, Pettitt 7, *Old 6, *Hennessy 6, Harland 3, *Storey 2, James 2, *Bennett, Riggs.