NBL Preview – Under 16s versus Gosport Scorpions

Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 16s Preview versus Gosport December 20132Dorset Storms Under 16s National League team are once again on the road for their final game of 2013.  The team will travel to Gosport to take on Gosport Scorpions this Saturday with their aim being to maintain their current rate of improvement and put in another good performance.

Storm head into the game on the back of an up and down performance against Gloster Jets last weekend.  For much of the opening three quarters, Storm struggled to put the ball in the basket, and settled for easy shots rather than high quality shots, something that player Nathan Mahoney reflected on:

“I think that, although we may have shot too many threes towards the beginning of the game, we kept the ball under control, and eventually started to play together and sensibly.”

Storm certainly played together in the final quarter as they caught fire and scored 26 points in the quarter, thanks mainly to some patient offence and unselfish team orientated basketball.

The most pleasing thing for Storm would probably be the defensive effort, which in all honestly kept them in the game for the opening three periods. This was highlighted by Mahoney too:

“On defence, I think throughout the entire game we really knew what we were doing; closing out properly, defending on screens, and just doing a good job of controlling the game.”

Storm will face a Gosport team who are playing some good basketball at the moment.  They have pushed top of the table Torbay Tigers and Bristol Academy all the way in recent weeks, so for Storm to show their improvement will be a tough ask on Saturday afternoon.

Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 16s Preview versus Gosport December 2013Mahoney, is confident that his teammates will be ready to play hard and ensure that they put in a good performance when they take to the court.  Mahoney was pleased with the intensity, concentration and enthusiasm that his team showed during the game, despite things not always going their way:

“The fact that we stayed motivated throughout the game – after being down by as many as 10 points at one time – shows our dedication to doing well this season, which, if we keep working hard and working as a unit, will not be difficult to achieve.”

The coaching staff are hopeful of having a full squad to choose from when they select their team later on in the week.

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.