NBL Preview – Under 16s versus Plymouth

Dorset Storms Under 16s National League team hit the road to take on Plymouth Raiders this weekend. This game will be another huge challenge for the team who so far have responded to every challenge that has been put down before them.

Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 16s versus Plymouth Preview November 20143The team head into this weekends game on the back of an impressive performance against Cardiff. A short-handed Storm team played with great intensity and energy throughout, and it was the second half display when things got tough that really impressed coach Luke Kemish:

“We started with great energy and played at a good tempo. The key thing was that even when things got tough in the second half, the players gritted their teeth, kept playing hard and as a team and fought through it. That was a huge step forward form our last game against Somerset and is important in our development.”

Defensively Storm were good throughout, holding Cardiff to 14 points or less in each quarter. Kemish explained that this is an area where the team are still improving, and liked the determination shown by the players to slow down a bigger and stronger team.

“We aren’t the biggest team in the league, Cardiff were far bigger than what we are player for player, but through being smart, active and playing with plenty of heart we competed with them.”

At the other end of the court, Storm shot the ball well from the perimeter, but their ball and player movement was the thing that allowed them to create scoring chances. Kemish was pleased with the aggression that his players showed throughout the 40 minutes.

Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 16s versus Plymouth Preview November 20141“We got the balance right against Cardiff as far as our ball and player movement versus our attacking mentality with the basketball in hand. We controlled the tempo well, which helped us get the shots we wanted.

We are playing with more variation and our timing and execution is improving too.”

Storm know that Plymouth will be well organised and their results show that they will be a tough encounter for the Storm side. The team will be keen to make sure that they are ready to play and put in another good performance.

Following a good display from the eight players that did take to the floor last weekend, competition for places this week will be fiercer than it has been so far this year. The coaches are hoping to have a full squad to select from but as usual are yet to make any choices.

Team from: Jack Bartlett, Harry Batson, Callum Crook, Deividas Liveris, Harry Jackson, Charlie Long, Kundiso Majome, Seth Nay, Marc Negrillo, Louis Pratten, Klavs Riekstins, Josh Scissons, Aidan Squires,Tom Stocks and Josh Westlake.