NBL Under 16s Vs Gloster Jets 07-12-2013

Dorset Storm Basketball Club Under 16s National League versus Gloster Jets December 20131Under 16s show great character and belief to take win versus Gloster Jets.

Dorset Storm (12, 17, 8, 26) 63

Gloster Jets (14, 18, 14, 10) 56

Dorset Storm Under 16s team travelled to Cirencester on Saturday to take on Gloster Jets.  Storm entered the game on the back of a pleasing display against Stroud Sharks in their final home game for 2013.  A ‘blue’ looking Storm made a few changes to the team that played last weekend as Under 14s player Harry Batson came in, and Harvey Nichols initially missed out to then be a very late addition, ‘Lytchettly’ filling in Bennett’s boots.

Storm started with Deividas Liveris and Daniel Riggs in the front court whilst Christian Farah, Will Taylor and Tom Storey were in the back court.  Gloster opened the scoring from the foul line but Storm responded as Farah scored twice inside and then from the perimeter to give Storm an early 1 – 7 lead.  Gloster answered back though, as they found their way to the basket and managed to keep the ball alive in and around the Storm basket to grab a series of second chance points to get the score to 6 – 7. Some big rebounds from Riggs and Liveris helped Storm keep Gloster from scoring any more quick points and Bradley Bennett sliced his way to the basket on the break before he nailed a three from the wing to give Storm a 6 – 12 lead.  Gloster though continued to play their game, and they continuously found ways to work the ball inside and draw a mixture of fouls and points.  As Storm went scoreless in the final three minutes of the quarter Gloster took advantage to close out the opening period with a 14 – 12 lead.

Dorset Storm Basketball Club Under 16s National League versus Gloster Jets December 20133Storm started the second quarter with a big three from Liveris before some good work on defense from Harvey Nichols and Josh Westlake helped Story get out on the break where he earned two foul shots.  Storm then held a 14 – 17 lead after the opening couple of minutes of the second period.  Gloster had a reply for every Storm score as they continued to draw fouls on the Storm defense, which at times was unusually slow to react to loose balls and flash cuts to the middle of the court.  Nathan Mahoney kept the scoreboard ticking over for Storm as he registered six points in the quarter.  Bennett and Storey added further scores but an 8 – 0 run from Gloster in the penultimate two minutes of the quarter allowed them to closeout the half 32 – 29 up.

Both teams had a slow start to the second half as baskets were hard to come by all round.  Gloster managed to register six points in the opening five minutes whilst Farah scored Storms sole basket in that time. as Gloster led 38 – 31.  Gloster continued to play the better basketball of the two sides as Storms display was littered with turnovers and poor decisions at the offensive end.  Bennett and Storey added points for Storm as they desperately fought to keep up with the home side.  Mahoney added two more as Storm just managed to keep the deficit down to single figures by the end of the quarter as they found themselves trailing 46 – 37.

Storm had to work hard if they were to dig themselves out of the self imposed hole they found themselves in.  They started brightly as good defence from Harry Batson allowed Bennett to score a quick two, before Batson himself added a jump shot from the short corner on the next Storm possession.  Storms task was made even hard as Riggs picked up his final foul with seven minutes left to play.  Dorset Storm Basketball Club Under 16s National League versus Gloster Jets December 20132Taylor reentered came back on the court after immediately the game to replace Riggs and he made his presence felt straight away with a collection of rebounds, steals and an assist as Bennett scored five in a row including an ‘and one’ to help Storm reduce the deficit to 52 – 51 with four minutes to play.  Storey and Farah both scored further basket for Storm but Gloster responded with baskets of their own as they still held a 56 – 55 lead with 58 seconds to play.  On the next offence Storm moved the ball well before Bennett converted from mid range under pressure.  Storm managed to get a stop on the following possession leaving less than 30 seconds on the clock.  As Gloster looked to stop the clock in the final part of the game Farah and Storey kept their cool from the foul line as they both nailed three from four attempts as Storm completed a 56 – 63 victory.

For Storm it was a game that was only won because of the players belief and unrelenting determination to get it right. The team, who for much of the game were far from their best managed to stick together and with contributions from every player managed to pull out a good final quarter performance.  Storm were led by 21 points from Bradley Bennett, while Christian Farah and Tom Storey also hit double figures, with the former also registering double figure rebounds.  Lead coach Luke Kemish was pleased with the attitude of his players:

“We could have easily become frustrated in this game. In the opening three quarters we did not shoot the ball well, we made poor decision – especially in transition and we lacked some fight on defence.

Dorset Storm Basketball Club Under 16s National League versus Gloster Jest December 2013 5It was really a case of get knocked down seven times, get up 8 as they players showed some real persistence to stick with it.  For the most part we didn’t whine or complain and took ownership for the things we can control, there was some good leadership from the senior guys who really wanted us to get it right.

We made some big plays in the final period, but there where contributions from every player throughout.

I think we will come out of this game much better for that experience and the players can be proud of the never say die attitude they displayed… we have some things to work on this week at training and I am sure the players will turn up to training this week ready to make those improvements.”

Storm have one game left in 2013 and that is an away trip to Gosport Scorpions next Saturday, where they will look to put in another good and improved performance.

Scorers: Bennett 21, *Farah 16, *Storey 11, Mahoney 8, *Liveris 3, *Riggs 2, Batson 2, *Taylor, Westlake, Nichols.