NBL Preview – Under 16s versus Swindon

Dorset Storm Basketball Club Under 16s National League Preview versus Swindon March 2013

Dorset Storm Under 16s National League team take on Swindon Sonics this Saturday at Rossmore Leisure Centre. This will be the teams final home game of the season, and it will be a huge test against one of the leagues top sides.

Storm enter the game on the back of a series of good performances that really underline the improvement that the team has made over recent weeks.  Last weekend saw the team come from 15 points down to beat Worcester Wolves away from home, a performance that lead coach Luke Kemish felt could be used to underline the key things that make the team successful.

“We didn’t play defence in the opening quarter.  From the start of the second we really set the tone defensively and slowly clawed our way back. If we want to compete the only way we will do it is by playing great defence.  When we do that we can be really good!”

Dorset Storm Basketball Club Under 16s National League Preview versus Swindon March 2013 2Storm were certainly at their best defensively over the final three quarters last weekend, as they held Worcester to a measly 33 points.  Offensively Storm remained consistent, scoring 56 – right about the season average,”

On offence Storm have continued to develop over the past few weeks, with less turnovers and some great execution in high pressure situations helping them out:

“Offensively we are playing with much more confidence.  We have shown more feel for the game, taken the right shots at the right time, but also moved the ball and ourselves with really purpose to make the defence work very hard.”

Dorset Storm Basketball Club Under 16s National League Preview versus Swindon March 2013 1Shared scoring has also been key for Storm, as a hist of different players have scored in double figures in 2013, something that Kemish believes is important:

“Everybody is now an offensive threat.  If you leave somebody open they will knock down that perimeter shot, if you switch off then we will get a lay-up off a hard cut or drive.  If the opposition find a way to stop one player, it doesn’t really matter as there are four others on the court willing to step up plus all those sat on the bench!”

The coaches will be hopeful that they can select a strong team for this weekends clash with everybody available for selection. Tip-off is at 3.30pm this Saturday, so why not come down and make some noise for the team.

Team from: David Barter, Bradley Bennett, Christian Farah, Charlie Harland, Tom Hennessy, Michael Hester, Jordan James, Alex Kapuscinski, Adriel Maranan, Lewis Old, Lewis Pettitt, Daniel Riggs, Rob Stone, Tom Storey and Will Taylor.