NBL Under 14s Vs Cornwall Cougars and Plymouth Marjons – 13-02-2011

Match Report

Dorset Storm (25, 14, 13, 7) 61
Plymouth Marjon (2, 6, 4, 4) 16

Dorset Storm (19, 22, 17, 11) 69
Cornwall Cougars (6, 3, 6, 6) 21

Dorset Storm Under 14s made the long trip to Cornwall to play in a National League Triangular tournament where they would face the home team Cornwall Cougars as well as Plymouth Marjons.

Storm versus Plymouth
Storm faced Plymouth in the first game, and from the opening tip-off it was clear Storm were ready to play. Storm started the game well, with some great defence setting the tone early on. Adriel Maranan, Vince Ibay and Jordan James all put Plymouths guards under constant pressure as Storm raced into a 12 – 0 lead. Plymouth came back with more focus after a timeout in the third minute, but nothing was going to stop Storm from putting themselves in a commanding position at the end of the first quarter, leading 25 – 2. Storm kept the momentum going in the second quarter, with Lewis Old and Nathan Mahoney keeping up the defensive pressure whilst Alex Kapuscinski and Charlie Harland tidied up around the basket. At the half, Storm lead 39 – 8.

Storm continued to push on in the third quarter, improving all the time at the defensive end, and limiting Plymouth to just four points in the quarter. Good control from the guards was key offensively, as Paul Casas, Josh Sissons and Christian Farah all chipped in with key contributions. Storm continued to play good basketball and for the second consecutive quarter held their opponents to only four points as they won 61 – 16.

Storm versus Cornwall
Storm faced home side Cornwall Cougars in their second match of the tournament, with the target being to improve on their previous performance. That would be a tough task, but the game started well for Storm who found their way to the basket on several occasions. Storm dominated the rebounding statistics, and this allowed them to limit Cornwall’s attempts to just one each time down the court. Slowly but surely Storm built up a lead, once again basing their success around good defence and passing and cutting on offence. In the second quarter Storm were even more dominant as they finished the first half with a 41 – 9 advantage.

Sissons opened the second half with a triple which once again set the tone for the second half. Storm maintained their concentration and continued to work hard for each other throughout the third quarter, taking a 58 – 15 advantage into the final quarter. Storm kept putting the ball in the basket and as the game moved into the final stages Storm wrapped up a second impressive performance, winning 69 – 21.

From the coaches point of view, it was the performance that was the most important thing about today’s matches. Heading into the second half of the season it is important to see the players continue to improve each time they play and they certainly did just that. The most impressive thing about today was the improvement over the two games, as coach Jill Kemish pointed out:

“We got better and better throughout both games. The players were focused and worked on what we asked them to work on.

We have been spending time working on our defensive positioning, and it certainly showed today. Our defence kick started our offence today.”

The team have a weekend off to make further improvements before welcoming the Plymouth Marjon and the high flying Swindon Sonics to Rossmore Leisure Centre on Saturday 4th March.

Scorers versus Plymouth: *Harland 23, *Kapuscinski 17, *James 4, *Maranan 4, Mahoney 4, Old 4, Farah 4, Sissons 2, *Ibay 2, Casas.

Scorers versus Cornwall: *Kapuscinski 20, *Harland 18, *James 8, *Ibay 6, *Maranan 6, Mahoney 4, Sissons 3, Casas 2, Farah 2, Old.

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