NBL Preview – Under 16s versus Stroud Sharks

Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 16s Preview vs Stroud November 2013 1Dorset Storm Under 16s National League side are in action again at Rossmore Leisure Centre this weekend as they take on Stroud Sharks.  Storm head into the game on the back of what the team will see as a good first half and disappointing second half performance against Cardiff Archers.

Defensively, an area where Storm have been so good recently was an area the coaching staff were not happy with following the game and guard Bradley Bennett summed up Storms game of two halves when he reflected on his teams defensive performance last weekend:

“I think that our defence on the game last week slacked a bit from usual, we did not communicate as well or talk on screens. However, the first and second quarter we performed well and kept them to a low score… we can take the bad points from the game to work on and improve this week.”

Storm caught fire in the first half against Cardiff, as they played some of their best offensive basketball of the season as Bennett discussed:

“Our offence ran well throughout the whole game, as we were cutting hard to the basket and running our out of bounds plays well. Most of the time as a team we swung the ball well and our ball movement was good and fast, allowing opportunity for passes or drives in the open lanes. Although, there were times we did not move the ball well, holding onto the ball for to long!

Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 16s Preview vs Stroud November 2013We were disappointed that some sloppy turnovers, which were unforced, allowed the opposition to get back into the game.”

The Storm team, will without any doubt have wanted to put right any mistakes that were present last weekend.  The coaches will have expected a step up in intensity in training as the get ready to select their team for this weekend.

Bennett was keen to highlight the players desire to learn from this mistakes and continue to improve and move forward during the rest of the season:

“We can take a lot out of the game to improve for next week. Moreover, I think that we have a lot of potential this season and if we keep playing well as a team were heading in the right direction! We’ve got to keep the run going and see what we can do, taking each game one at a time.”

The coaching staff will be hopeful of having a good week at training, which for the first time for several weeks looks to be uninterrupted through player absence and court unavailability, as they look to select a team form the whole squad for this weekends game.

Team from: Jack Axon, Harry Batson, Bradley Bennett, George Davey, Christian Farah, Harry Jackson, Deividas Ilveris, Nathan Mahiney, Adriel Maranan, Seth Nay, Marc Negrillo, Harvey Nichols, Daniel Riggs, Tom Storey, Will Taylor and Josh Westlake.