NBL Under 18s Vs Taunton Tigers – 12-02-2011

Match Report

Dorset Storm (12, 5, 6, 3) 26
Taunton Tigers (30, 17, 26, 20) 93

Dorset Storm Under 18s travelled to Taunton on Saturday looking to continue their good run of form. Storm were looking to improve on the result between the teams early in the season when Taunton pulled away to take the game in the final quarter.

Storm opened with the familiar looking starting five, David Rudenko, Gabriel Gordula and Conor James in the back court whilst Oliver Heath and Seb Darby were paired in the back court. Storm didn’t open well, as they were slow to react to the tip, allowing Taunton to run in an easy score. It didn’t get any better for the away team, until Heath nailed back to back threes, to bring the score back to 8 – 6. Storm though, were still struggling to match their opponents intensity and Taunton started to dominate the lacklustre Storm team and ran away with the first quarter 30 – 12.

Storm failed to get going in the second quarter either as Taunton continued to dominate. With Storm not being able to hit a single shot throughout the opening six minutes of the quarter the game was by now already over. Craig Wren knocked down a couple of shots in the later part of the quarter to ensure Storm made it on the scoreboard, but it was far too little too late for the visitors.

Storm should have wanted to achieve something in the second half but there was a lack of interest during the half time break. Storm failed to comeback with any added enthusiasm in the second half, careless turnovers early on set the tone for the quarter. For Storm back to back baskets for Readhead was the highlight of the quarter.

Storm continued to struggle offensively and defensively in the final quarter. Some poor shot selection and lack of ball and player movement resulted in more missed shots for Storm. In the end, Taunton completed a humiliating 93 – 26 victory.

Storm were quite simply not good enough in every area. This was an occasion where there were no positives at all to come from the performance, and left lead coach Kemish speechless:

“The players have to go look in the mirror and ask themselves what went wrong. Nobody was up to scratch today, we have high standards and we were well short of those standards today. We showed no real fight, and lacked leadership and commitment throughout. I don’t really have any answers to what happened today, we just didn’t turn up.”

Storm though, will have to work quickly as they have just one week to find the answers, as they entertain UWIC Archers at Rossmore Leisure Centre next Saturday. Coach Kemish insisted his players could sort this out in time for next weekends game.

“We will sort this out before next weekend. That was the worst performance I have seen from this group of players. They’re smart, and I know they are going to be hurting just like the coaches are and will want to put it right next weekend.”

Next weekends game tips-off at 3.30pm at Rossmore Leisure Centre.

Scorers: Readhead 7, *Heath 6, Craig 6, Wren 5, *Rudenko 2, *Darby, *Gordula, *James.