NBL Under 16s Vs Torbay 17-02-2013

Dorset Storm Basketball Club NBL Under 16s versus Torbay 17th February 2013 1Overtime thriller at Rossmore as Storm come from 17 down in third period to beat Torbay.

Dorset Storm (13, 13, 11, 15, 11) 63

Torbay Tigers (24, 13, 11, 4, 5) 57

Dorset Storms Under 16s National League team were back in action for their second game of a double-header weekend on Sunday against Torbay Tigers.  Torbay have been flying high in the South West Conference, currently sitting in second place with a particularly tenacious defensive record alongside a decent points return too, which has seen them win by an average of 20 points per contest. Storm fielded the same side that had played so well the day before.

Storm opened the game with the same five starters as the previous day – Christian Farah, Bradley Bennett and Tom Storey in the back court, with Lewis Old and Alex Kapuscinski in the front court.  Storm started well, with some good quality ball movement and patience against Torbay’s aggressive defence.  Good ball movement created two open threes for Old, who nailed them both as Storm took an early 6 – 2 lead.  Storm were good at the defensive end too, applying sensible pressure up the court and creating a good number of deflections – Bennett, Storey and Farah all notched up steals early on.  Kapuscinski and Old both scored inside, off good passes from Jordan James and Farah respectively, as Storm led 11 – 6.  Torbay though were not giving up that easily, and they charged back, going on a 9 – 0 run, stalled only by a Storm timeout.  Out of the timeout Storms passing did improve, although a Lewis Pettitt basket was all they could muster in the final few minutes as Torbay built a imposing 13 – 24 lead by the end of the first period.

Storm needed a good start to the second quarter and they got that as Kapuscinski scored slashing to the basket on the opening possession.  Dorset Storm Basketball Club NBL Under 16s versus Torbay 17th February 2013 3Old nailed another triple, as Storm reduced the deficit to 18 – 24.  Torbay replied straight away though, as Storm stuttered and stumbled with some early second quarter turnovers.  Two more threes from Storey, and number four of the day for Old, kept Storm in the game and as Lewis Pettitt ran the ball in on the break following a good defensive play from Adriel Maranan Storm were back in the game, trailing by just four at 26 – 30.  After a Torbay timeout, Storm came back onto the court sleeping, as a 7 – 0 run over the final three minutes of the half put the Devonshire side up 37 – 26 at the half, as Storm undid their good work at the start of the quarter to trail once again by 11.

Storm then, had it all to do in the second half, especially when you consider the effects of two games in two days.  Storm though didn’t get off to the best of starts, after a Kapuscinski score an 8 – 0 Torbay run gave them their largest lead of the game at 17 points, 28 – 45.  Storm though to their credit didn’t stop playing.  The defensive intensity remained high, with Charlie Harland grabbing some aggressive rebounds.  Michael Hester’s long arms were causing problems for Torbay too, and it was two of his deflections that set up scores for Pettitt and then James.  Storm were beginning to gain some momentum, and in the final 30 seconds a Tom Storey jump shot from the corner, and the foul, helped Storm cut the deficit once again to 11 points, 37 – 48.

A big effort was needed then if Storm were to get back into this game.  Daniel Riggs opened the quarter with several outstanding defensive plays, including rebounds and a steal which Pettitt converted on the break, before Riggs added a jump shot of his own from the wing.  Storm had closed the gap to 41 – 48.  Dorset Storm Basketball Club NBL Under 16s versus Torbay 17th February 2013Torbay continued to be patient on offence, and got to the free throw line regularly, as their lead went back up to nine at 43 – 52 by the mid way point of the quarter.  Storms defensive intensity was great, as Torbay continued to struggle to find a way to score against Storms aggressive and passionate defensive display.  A Kapuscinski free throw and on the next possession a three pointer from him reduced the deficit to five at 47 – 52.  Two offensive fouls, one drawn by Storey and the other by Farah, added to Torbay’s woes but summed up the desire of the Storm side to keep on fighting.  Good ball movement and team work saw Bennett get an open look from the wing, and he nailed the triple as Storm trailed by just two, with just over one minute remaining.  A defensive stop from Storm saw Bennett again score a huge basket at the other end, this time a reverse lay-up to tie the game up for Storm.  Both teams missed foul shots in the final 30 seconds that could have won the contest, but as Torbay threw the ball out of bounds with exactly two seconds left Storm had an opportunity to advance the ball with a timeout for the final shot.  Despite getting the ball inbounds, Torbay challenged the shot and somehow the ball was scrambled away.  The scores were tied at 52, and we had overtime.

It was Storm that got the scoring underway in the overtime period, as they found space inside and converted the lay-up.  Dorset Storm Basketball Club NBL Under 16s versus Torbay 17th February 2013 2Torbay struck back at the foul line, before a Kapuscinski three ball, put Storm up 57 – 53 with two minutes left to play.  It was Storms defence that continued to be key as Hester and then Kapuscinski were able to score lay-ups in transition on the back of steals from Farah and Bennett.  Torbay scored at the other end, but it was too little too late as one more Storm score saw them win a thriller 63 – 57.

Lead coach Luke Kemish was quick to praise the effort of his players, who never gave up despite facing a 17 point deficit.

“We had a below par first half, we gave up too many silly baskets and were far too loose generally – perhaps that was the effects of yesterdays game.  Lets not forget though, that in the second half we recovered from being 17 points down. It came from our defensive intensity; we really made life hard for Torbay to score.  Every player played their part in doing that.”

Indeed, Storm conceded just 20 points after the half time break, as they showed their flexibility to change, and effort and determination to fight back.

Dorset Storm Basketball Club NBL Under 16s versus Torbay 17th February 2013 4“We really dug in during the second half.  We could have given up, been happy with yesterdays result, but the players wanted more than that.  We were outstanding after the half time break. I think we have really started to find our team identity over the past few weeks.”

Storm were led by Kapuscinski’s 19 points, including seven in overtime.  Brad Bennett scored two huge baskets down the straight and Lewis Old nailed all four of his attempts from downtown in his 16 point haul.  Huge defensive plays from Christian Farah and Tom Storey in the final minutes also proved vital, to allow Storm to score quickly on the break.  Despite some of these standout performances and moments, it was the contributions of each individual that made the effort so impressive for the team as not one player waited for somebody else to ‘do it’.

Storm will look to keep their momentum going in training this week as they prepare of the visit of Taunton next Saturday, tip-off is at the early 1.30pm slot at Rossmore Leisure Centre.

Scorers: *Kapuscinski 19, *Old 16, Pettitt 8, *Bennett 7, *Storey 5, *Farah 2, James 2, Hester 2, Riggs 2, Maranan and Harland.

Note: A big thank you to everybody who has made this rather busy past three days so successful.  The support on the sideline has been great, and the effort from the players first class. A big thank to Andy, Tony, Matt and the rest of the EA Rossmore team for helping Dorset Storm have a great weekend!