NBL Under 16s Vs Vale 07-11-2015

Tough defensive display sees Under 16s take win versus Vale

Dorset Storm (28,22,20,19) 89

Vale Vipers (9, 18, 12, 10) 49

Dorset Storms Under 16s National League team continued their season on Saturday as they welcomed Vale Vipers to Rossmore Leisure Centre. The team were looking to build on their impressive first half performance last week at Plymouth. The team included two players making their NBL under 16s debuts, as Ali Webb and Rory Pearson were included in this week’s team.

Storm opened with Callum Crook, Harry Jackson and Harry Batson in the Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 16s versus Vale November 2015 3 - 1back court with Josh Westlake being joined by Charlie Long for the first time this season.  Vale opened the scoring in the game with a two inside before a Jackson drive to the basket tied it at two.  It took another two minutes before either team could register a score as baskets from Batson, Long and Westlake completed an 8 – 0 run for Storm. Good defensive play was allowing Storm to build the pressure, and Tom Stocks and Josh Sissons both scored having just come off the bench before Vale called the first timeout of the game as they trailed 16 – 6. Vale came out of the timeout and got points on consecutive possessions, but a strong finish to the quarter, with good rebound from Tom Axon and Batson, Stocks, Westlake and Jackson all scoring, allowed Storm close out the quarter with a 10 – 3 run to lead 28 – 9.

Storm started the second quarter well, with some tough defence and early scores. Ali Webb, Sissons and Jackson continued to apply good pressure at the defensive end, to slow Vales scoring.  As the quarter wore on some sloppy decisions on offence and cheap fouls at the defensive end, generally caused by a lack of effort to remain active, resulted in some foul problems for Storm.  During the middle part of the quarter an 11 – 3 run from Vale kept them in the game.  Following a timeout Storm were more focused and managed to stop giving Vale points from the foul line. Over the final four minutes of the quarter five different players registered scores for Storm who headed into the half time break leading 50 – 27.

Storm wanted a good third quarter, something that hadn’t always been the case so far this year.  Batson started the quarter well for Storm as he Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 16s versus Vale November 2015 2 - 1scored back to back jump shots before Westlake scored twice in a row for Storm as the home side managed to weather the intense start from the visitors.  Following a 6 – 6 start to the half Storm started to tighten up on defence, with Westlake, Batson and Long all picking up steals.  Defensively, Storms level of communication continued to improve throughout and they once again did a good job on the rebounds with all five players on the court contributing. A 6 – 0 run to close the quarter gave Storm a 70 – 38 lead with one quarter remaining.

Callum Crook kicked things off for Storm in the final quarter as he played some tough defence and opened the scoring from the foul line for the home team. If Crook wasn’t scoring he was picking out team mates for open shots with assists for Westlake and Rory Pearson.  Storm maintained their good defensive pressure as they forced a shot clock violation and the referees into calling ‘20’ on several occasions in the final period.  Sissons and Stocks scored the final six points for Storm who took a well earned 89 – 49 win in their first home game of the season.

This was another step forward for the Under 16s who again played a pleasing style of basketball with tough defence paired along side good ball and player movement on offence. Coach Jill Kemish was pleased with the teams display after the game:

Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 16s versus Vale November 2015 1 - 1“We have continued to build on last weeks good first half at Plymouth. Defensively, when we focused and stopped making excuses we were really tough today. We once again rebounded well which acts as a kick start to our offence.

We have managed more than a good first half today which was something that was really important.  We are still aiming for 40 minutes of good basketball but today was a step in the right direction, and with more hard work at training this week we can keep making strides.”

Storms run of home games stops at one, as they are back on the road next weekend as they head to Bristol Academy Flyers on Saturday.

Scorers: Stocks 19, *Jackson 19, *Westlake 16, *Batson 14, Sissons 9, *Long 7, Pearson 5, *Crook 1, Webb, Axon.