NBL Under 16s Vs Torbay 29-11-2014

Under 16s stutter versus Torbay, can’t recover from poor start.

Dorset Storm (10, 12, 14, 17) 53

Torbay Tigers (19, 17, 17, 15) 68

Dorset Storm Under 16s National League team welcomed Torbay Tigers to Rossmore Leisure Centre on Saturday afternoon. Storm were looking to build on a positive start to the season, but knew they would have to be at their best if they were to make a game of it against one of the form teams in the opening half of the season.

Storm opened with Harry Batson, Harry Jackson and Tom Stocks in the back court whilst Josh Westlake and Dorset Storm Basketball Club Under 16s National Basketball League versus Torbay November 20144Jack Bartlett paired up in the front court. It was Westlake who opened the scoring for Storm, before Torbay responded with the next two baskets. Storm opened with some good defensive possessions, with the guards applying good pressure and forcing Torbay’s guards into several early turnovers resulting in an early Torbay timeout. At the other end, Storm were getting open looks, but failed to convert a decent percentage. A 7 – 2 run from Torbay led to a Storm timeout with two minutes to play. A good defensive play and fast break from Callum Crook allowed Josh Sissons to lay the ball in on the next possession. Torbay finished the quarter with back to back scores to take a 10 – 19 lead into the quarter break.

Torbay opened the scoring in the second quarter extending their lead into double figures. Tom Stocks scored the opening two baskets for Storm but they still trailed 15 – 25 after four minutes. Harry Batson played with good energy at the defensive end picking up a couple of steals, but missed layups at the offensive end proved costly for Storm. Storm played some good basketball in the quarter, and got to the foul line 13 times, which should have seen them close the gap however some uncharacteristic indifferent shooting meant they trailed by double figures throughout the quarter. Four points from Deividas Leveris reduced the deficit to 10 before, some cheap fouls resulted in Sissons, Westlake and then Stocks all sitting out on three fouls. Aidan Squires and Jackson made some good plays in the final couple of minutes that saw Storm just about keep themselves in the game, trailing 22 – 26 at the half.

Storm needed a quick start to the second half and they got just that, with Jackson again the instigator in Dorset Storm Basketball Club Under 16s National Basketball League versus Torbay November 20142much that was good about Storm. He created scores for Batson and Stocks inside the opening minute. Storm though, seemed unable to concentrate for any length of time, allowing Torbay to keep themselves in the lead. A 7 – 0 run from Torbay extended their lead out to 18 points at 29 – 47. Storm dug in, and it was Jackson, who once again, was able to dig in and come up with big plays that resulted in threes for Batson and Squires followed by scores for Jackson and then Stocks as Storm reduced the deficit to nine points at 36 – 45 with two minutes to play. Unfortunately that lack of concentration returned, as two turnovers in the final 90 seconds allowed Torbay to score back to back baskets, and when they added a pair of foul shots in the final possession they once again led 36 – 53.

Storm would need a huge final quarter of they were to get anything from this game, and they started the right way at the defensive end as Marc Negrillo, Seth Nay and Jack Bartlett all came up with early steals. Poor decisions at the offensive end meant they didn’t capitalise though, but Storm played with some energy for the first time since the opening quarter. Tom Stocks was aggressively offensively and he came into his own as Storm upped the tempo. Crook continued the great defensive effort, as he and Squires battled to force the issue against Torbay’s guards. Despite battling hard, Storm could reduce the deficit and fell to a disappointing 53 – 68 defeat.

For Storm Harry Jackson was influential at both ends of the court, whilst Tom Stocks was efficient at the offensive end whilst also being the leading rebounder. In the final quarter Aidan Squires and Callum Crook really got after Torbay’s guards something that the coaches had wanted for the whole 40 minutes. Coach Jill Kemish was frustrated with the display:

Dorset Storm Basketball Club Under 16s National Basketball League versus Torbay November 20141“We weren’t anywhere near our best today. We gave the ball away far too much, through poor decision making and passing. When we ran our stuff and took care of the basketball we actually got the shots we wanted, but didn’t convert them into points.

Defensively we were good, but where Torbay scored 24 points off our turnovers the score line doesn’t make great reading. It gives us something to focus on this week at training, we definitely want to bounce back next week.”

Storm face two games in two days next week as they travel to Bristol on Saturday and follow it up with a trip to Cardiff on Sunday.

Scorers: *Stocks 14, Squires, 8, Liveris 8, *Westlake 8, *Batson 5, Sissons 4, *Jackson 4, Nay 2, *Bartlett, Negrillo.