NBL Under 18s Vs Somerset 09-11-2014

Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 18s versus Somerset November 20144

Plenty of positives for Under 18s but lack of consistency allows Somerset to grind out the win.

Dorset Storm (9, 19, 14, 7) 49

Somerset Tigers (11, 15, 17, 17) 60

Both teams started the game exchanging baskets as Charlie Harland opened the scoring for Storm with Somerset scoring either side of his basket. At the mid way point in the opening quarter the teams were tied at four. Somerset then went on a 6 – 0 run to open up a lead forcing a timeout from Storm. Coming out of the timeout some good defence from Will Taylor created a fast break basket and Farah then found Taylor open on the wing for two more as Storm came charging back. At the end of the first quarter a foul shot from Taylor made the scoreboard read 9 – 11 to Somerset.

Taylor opened the second quarter scoring with a strong drive, before Somerset out worked Storm for some Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 18s versus Somerset November 20143easy points under the basket. Christian Farah continued to help Storm play with energy at the defensive end, and when he and David Barter nailed threes Storm held a 21 – 19 lead. Jack Axon was influencing the game at both ends of the court and when he scored his second basket in quick succession Somerset called a timeout with a little under four minutes remaining and the score 25 – 21 to Storm. Somerset came out of the timeout in a zone defence which did slow Storm down for a couple of possession but they eventually managed to run their zone offence and get the ball inside to continue their scoring. At the half Storm led 28 – 25.

Storm wanted a quick start to the second half and they got just that with Farah and Barter nailing early threes. Somerset remained focused though and their relentless off the ball movement and screens resulted in the scoreboard ticking over for them too. George Davey scored Storms third three of the quarter before also scoring from the wing. The game remained finely balanced with Somerset holding a slender 42 – 43 lead.

Somerset opened the final quarter on a 5 – 0 run to extend their lead to six points, courtesy of a couple of Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 18s versus Somerset November 20142sloppy Storm possessions. Barter and Harland soon added points for Storm as they reduced the deficit to three. Somerset though, looked fresher than Storm as some long minutes started to take their toll, especially on the back court pairing of Farah and Taylor who had dealt well with the Somerset pressure all game. A 7 – 0 run in the middle part of the quarter extended Somerset’s lead to nine at 46 – 55 and despite continuing to fight and scrap to the end Storm could not find a way to close the deficit as Somerset took a 49 – 60 victory.

Storm will look back at a game being able to take plenty of positives from the display. They shot the ball well, on the whole dealt with any full court pressure well and limited a potentially high scoring team to just 60 points. Charlie Harland led all scores for Storm with 13, Jack Axon had on outstanding game as he finished with four points, nine rebounds and three assists whilst Will Taylor had seven points and seven rebounds to go with eight assists. Coach Jill Kemish was optimistic about the potential this side had after the game:

Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 18s versus Somerset November 20141“To compete with Somerset who are a top team is a real positive. Obviously the end result is disappointing, but it would be fair to say they haven’t had everybody firing on all cylinders at any point so far this season. When everything comes together and there are contributions from all over the court, this team can compete with anybody in the league.

The biggest part for the players now is to step up in training and replicate game like situations in everything that they do.”

Scorers: *Harland 13, *Farah 9, *Taylor 7, Barter 7, Davey 5, Axon 4, *James 2, Riggs 2, *Old, Williams, Warner.