Poor last quarter sees U16s Storm I fall to defeat

Dorset Storm Basketball Club SBL Under 16s 15th February 2013Dorset Storm I played Weymouth in the Under 16s SBL on Friday night.  There was only one game this week as Salisbury withdrew from this tournament.

The game opened in tentative fashion with both teams exchanging baskets early on.  George Davey and Alex O’Neill did the scoring for Storm early, but it was Weymouth who held an 8 – 6 lead with three minutes to go in the quarter.  Following a timeout Storm came out firing as they finished the opening quarter on a 8 – 0 tear with scores from Nathan Mahoney, Tom Storey and O’Neil.

The second quarter again saw both teams exchange baskets.  Storm managed to attack the heart of Weymouth defence and regularly get to the free throw line. Dorset Storm Basketball Club SBL Under 16s 15th February 2013 2The same was true for Weymouth at the other end, as Storm found themselves in a little foul trouble as the half approached.Nevertheless Storm held on for a 26 – 25 lead at the half.

Storm had a strong start to the second half as scores from Storey, Lewis Old and Daniel Riggs saw them stake a 33 – 29 lead.  Weymouth came right back though, and got to within two at 35 – 33. Back to back baskets from Joe Stevenson and three foul shots from Mahoney helped Storm finish the third stanza strongly and take a 42 – 35 lead into the final period.

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Early scores from Riggs and Old saw Storm extend their lead out to nine at 46 – 37.  A catalogue of missed lay-ups and foul shots meant that Storm could build on the lead further. In fact, with Weymouth scoring at exactly one basket per minute over the final eight minutes of the game, they slowly whittled down Storms lead, until it became a Weymouth lead. Despite trying to convert at the offensive end, Storm couldn’t buy a basket, and Weymouth held on for the unlikely 46 – 53 victory.

This result continues to leave the league wide open and any of the four teams could yet win as just four points separate first from fourth.