SWRL Under 14s Vs Torbay & Plymouth 15-12-2013

Storm split games, but show improvement in Torbay tournament.

Dorset Storms Under 14s South West Regional League side made the long journey down to Torbay to take on both Plymouth Marjons and Torbay Tigers on Sunday.  For Storm this was only their second tournament, whilst Torbay and Plymouth are both teams sitting comfortably at the top of the league.

Dorset Storm (10, 12, 11, 16) 49

Plymouth Marjons (5, 13, 5, 6) 28

Storm faced Plymouth in the opening game.  A slow start saw Plymouth take an early lead before scores from Harry Jackson and Harry Batson got Storm going.  Dorset Storm Basketball Club SWRL Under 14s versus Torbay and Plymouth December 20133Storm spluttered their way through the opening quarter as seven missed foul shots stopped them from taking full control.  Two scores from Rory Pearson helped Storm take a 10 – 5 lead by the end of the period. In the second quarter, both teams flowed more freely at the offensive end as Tom Axon showed his skills to score in a variety of ways inside.  Some unforced turnovers allowed Plymouth to score points on the break as they reduced the deficit to 22 – 18 at the half.

Storm opened the third period strongly, with some improved defence and better ball movement seeing them create easy scores for themselves.  A 10 – 0 run saw the Storm lead peak at 12, 32 – 20.  By the end of the quarter the scoreboard red 33 – 23 to Storm.  Some good defence from Owen Hale and Charlie Long saw Storm create chances to score on the break.  Storm played some good basketball – their best of the game in the final period as they held on 49 – 28 winners.

Scorers: *Jackson 13, Axon 11, *Pearson 9, *Batson 7, *Stocks 4, Hale 3, Long 2, *Crook.

Dorset Storm (10, 8, 5, 14) 37

Torbay Tigers (7, 21, 13, 2) 43

Up next were an unbeaten Torbay side who were in no mood to give that title away without a fight.  Storm started well, as they moved the basketball and themselves to good effect and Tom Stocks, Batson and Jackson all registered early baskets.  Torbay though, ran their offence and pounded the ball inside as Storm struggled to cope with their opponents size.  At the end of the first quarter Storm led 10 – 7.  Dorset Storm Basketball Club SWRL Under 14s versus Torbay and Plymouth December 2013 1Both teams scored baskets early in the second stanza, but Storm lacked energy and commitment at the defensive end.  This saw them pick up cheap fouls and by the mid point of the quarter several of the players were in, albeit self inflicted, foul trouble.  As Storm showed some lack of maturity and experience a big Torbay run at the end of the first half, where the hosts score 14 points in a row, saw them take a commanding 18 – 28 lead into the half.

Storm continued to struggle in the third period, again with a lack of out and out effort to put pressure on the ball and deny passes to key areas on the court, hurting them. Offensively, Storm generally took good shots.  Torbay though continued to build their lead to 23  – 41 with one quarter to play.  Storm came out and played much better basketball in the final quarter, limiting the number of times Torbay could get the basketball inside, rebounding well and generally making a nuisance of themselves.  Over the quarter Storm out scored Torbay 14 – 2, and despite a tense final few minutes, Storm could not quite dig themselves out of the hole they had found themselves in, as they fell to a 37 – 43 defeat.

Scorers: *Stocks 11, *Batson 7, *Jackson 6, Crook 6, *Axon 2, *Pearson 2, Long 2, Hale 1.

Coach Kemish Speaks:

There were plenty of positives from the two games, which in fairness for a number of the players would be the first truly competitive and hard fought game that they have ever had.  Coach Jill Kemish reflected on the days performances:

Dorset Storm Basketball Club SWRL Under 14s versus Torbay and Plymouth December 2013“The players upped their defensive intensity as the day went on, I don’t think we knew what proper, hard and relentless defence actually looked like to start with, but by the end we have some idea.

Offensively, we took better care of the basketball, we still have to work on our ball movement and the sharpness with which we cut to create some easy scores but that will come with more practice.

The players have now experienced a competitive game, where they were, fairly pushed about, shoved, grabbed not allowed to cut or dribble anywhere they wanted to by the defence.  Now they have got to bring that level of intensity to training every week themselves.”