NBL Under 16s Vs Cardiff Archers 08-11-2014

Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 16s versus Cardiff November 20144

Gutsy performance from short handed under 16s sees them take a win versus Cardiff.

Dorset Storm (25, 18, 12, 11) 66

Cardiff Archers (14, 14, 13, 10) 51

Dorset Storms Under 16s were in action on Saturday against Cardiff Archers. Storm entered the game having had a weekend off and knew they would have to be at their best against a big, strong and aggressive Welsh side. Storm were not helped with several late drop outs meaning that they could only field eight players.

Storm opened with another different starting five as Harry Batson, Harry Jackson and Tom Stocks opened in the back court and Jack Bartlett and Josh Westlake playing in the front court. After a sloppy opening minute Storm opened the scoring with Westlake scoring a basket and the foul shot following the foul. Cardiff hit back nailing a three before an 9 – 0 run from Storm with some great ball and player movement leading to baskets from Stocks, Jackson and Liveris forcing a timeout from Cardiff. Cardiff came back out more focused and as a result they scored the next two baskets before Stocks replied for Storm. After exchanging baskets for a couple of minutes Storm managed to close out the first quarter with 6 – 0 run to lead 25 – 14 after quarter one.

Stocks opened the second quarter scoring quickly followed by a two from Cardiff. Westlake added two more Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 16s versus Cardiff November 20141with a nice move going to the basket. Storm continued to have some great ball movement offensively, and smart movement away from the basketball helped them to score at regular intervals. Defensively, Storm worked hard and despite the odd period where a lack of communication led to open shots for Cardiff, they were resilient and tough throughout the quarter. Jack Bartlett was excellent at the defensive end, as he moved his feet well and helped Storm control the boards, a key component in limiting Cardiffs scoring. A triple from Batson gave Storm a 41 – 22 lead with three minutes to play. A slow final few minutes saw Cardiff reduce the deficit slightly, but Storm led 43 – 28 going into the half time break.

For the third quarter in a row Storm opened the scoring, as Batson found Westlake under the basket for the layup. Storm continued to play good basketball, with the ball and players moving well but importantly the players took care of all the little things that make such a big difference.   Storm continued to tick over offensively, but even though they had cooled off from their first half display their defensive effort was enough to make sure they held a 55 – 41 lead heading into the final quarter.

Stocks made opened the scoring for the home side following some good defence from Callum Crook. Cardiff then got themselves going, as they scored seven unanswered points leading to Storms first timeout of the game. Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 16s versus Cardiff November 20142Impressively, Storm came out of the timeout with real focus as Westlake, Jackson and Aidan Squires all scored baskets in the following three minutes to help Storm take a 14 point lead into the final few minutes. Once again it was a great defensive effort that helped Storm the most, with some great pressure on the perimeter being backed up by good work on boxing out and rebounding. Batson found Westlake inside for two more points before the former once again provided the assist for Squires to finish on the break as Storm extended their lead finishing winners 66 – 51.

It was a real gutsy and determined performance by Storm’s eight players, who really worked hard and fought for each other for the whole 40 minutes. There was some great ball movement and player movement from the team, and they dug deep in the second half every time Cardiff made a run. There was a really balanced scoring attack from Storm, led by Tom Stocks and Josh Westlake. The defensive effort was pleasing with every player grabbing a rebound and a steal. Coach Jill Kemish was pleased with the fight the players showed and that they had learnt from the season earlier games:

Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 16s versus Cardiff November 20143“The moment off both the ball and players on offence, was really good throughout the game, we had plenty of players wanting to take responsibility which was great.

Defensively, I think we got better as the game went on. The level of communication improved and the players boxed out and rebounded extremely well in the second half.

The players showed some character when they had a tough spell in the second half, the fact that they have listen and learnt from the mistakes against Somerset is great and shows the teams ability to develop quickly.”

Storm will hit the road next weekend as they travel to Plymouth to take on the Raiders in a game that will provide a real challenge for this Storm side.

Scorers: *Stocks 18, *Westlake 16, *Batson 9, Liveris 9, *Jackson 8, Squires 6, *Bartlett, Crook.