SWRL Under 14s Vs Exeter & Torbay 30-11-2014

Dorset Storm Basketball Club Under 16s South West Regional Basketball League November 20142

Two impressive performances, with improvements throughout from the SWRL Under 14s side at Rossmore.

Game 1:

Dorset Storm (18, 31, 24, 28) 102

Exeter Eagles (4, 7, 1, 1) 13

Game 2:

Dorset Storm (9, 21, 15, 20) 67

Dorchester Tigers (18, 8, 21, 12) 59

Dorset Storms Under 14s South West Regional League team had their first home tournament of the season as they welcomed Exeter Eagles and Dorchester Tigers to Rossmore Leisure Centre on Sunday.

In the opening game Storm faced Exeter for the first time this season. Exeter opened the scoring on a slashing layup to the basket as Storm started in nervous fashion, making several handling errors and missing Dorset Storm Basketball Club Under 16s South West Regional Basketball League November 20144open layups in the opening three minutes. They did eventually get a score, with Kundiso Majome opening the scoring before Joe Gill and Alistair Webb added further scores as Storm led 6 – 2 at the mid point of the quarter. Storm guards were able to apply good pressure in the half court to Exeter and as a result they forced several turnovers. As the quarter went on Storm grew in confidence and Jamie Holgate added two baskets in the penultimate minute so Storm were able to take an 18 – 4 lead into the quarter break. Storm were even better in the second quarter at the offensive end as everything they shot went in. Coach Christopher wanted more energy from his team at the defensive end, as Exeter made their way to the basket too easily. Storm were helped as Exeter missed some layup chances, to lead 50 – 11 at the half. Storm continued their good work throughout the second half with every play contributing to the tough defence effort as well as scoring points on offence. Storm finished the game winners 102 – 13.

Dorchester beat Exeter in game two.

In the final game of the day Storm faced Dorchester. Dorchester got off to a flying start as Storm failed to concentrate on their own game and made a series of mistakes that saw them trail 9 – 18 at the end of the first period. Dorset Storm Basketball Club Under 16s South West Regional Basketball League November 20143Storm started the second quarter with more focus and energy as Kundiso Majome and Josh Sissons ignited Storm on a 9 – 0 run to tie the game at 18. Will Ireland used his length to good effect at the defensive end as he helped Storm improve defensively. In a back and forth second quarter Storm held a 32 – 26 lead at the half. Dorchester opened the second half scoring before Storm got going again. Some poor decision-making resulted in Storm picking up needless fouls and seeing key players sit our periods in the quarter. Despite that some good play from Joe Gill, Ali Webb and Jamie Holgate who combined for the quarters final seven points. Heading into the final quarter the game was all tied at 47. Storm started well as they took an early lead but the game remained tight. It wasn’t until the fourth minute when Storm really got a grip on the game as a 12 – 0 run gave Storm a 65 – 51 lead with three minutes to play. A late Dorchester run came to nothing though as Holgate calmly finished inside to calm any Storm nerves as they held on for a 67 – 59 win.

It was great to see the players make huge improvement throughout both games. They played good aggressive defence, and worked hard to create problems for the opposition guards. During the opening game especially there was some great shooting on display.   In both games the team pushed the ball up the court and speed and had some great fast break basketball.  The players also have plenty of things to work on, including their sprint recovery and finishing under pressure but all in all a great days work for this young and inexperienced side who really did improve with each minute they spent on the court.