NBL Under 16s Vs Bristol 28-11-2015

Tough defensive display and good ball movement as Storm record win.

Dorset Storm (24, 22, 20, 17) 93

Bristol Academy II (11, 8, 8, 11) 38

Dorset Storm Basketball Club  National League Under 16s versus Bristol II November 2015 - 1Dorset Storms Under 16s National League side were at home for just the second time this season as they took on Bristol Academy II at Rssmore Leisure Centre.  Storm were coming into the game having had a weekend off, but were looking to bounce back following an up and down display in their previous game. Kundiso Majome appearing for the first time this season, whilst Charlie Long was back into the team having missed the teams preiovus game due to injury.

Storm opened with Harry Jackson, Callum Crook and Harry Batson in the back court whilst Tom Axon and Josh Westlake.  It was Jackson who got the scoring underway for Storm with  trademark drive to the basket and strong finish before Bristol responded with a basket in transition.  Some poor decision making from Storm saw them miss a series of early shots. Jackson continued to keep Storm going with a another basket. A three from the wing gave Bristol a 5 – 4 lead and after a foul on Westlake inside they called an early timeout.   Storm came out of the timeout with more focus as a two form Batson before Josh Sissons added another basket. Defensively Storm had increased their intensity Crook and Jackson were being particularly lively. A Batson three sparked a 11 – 0 run from Storm as they led 20 – 7.  The teams exchanged baskets over the final two minutes as Storm went into the quarter break 24 – 11 up.

Dorset Storm Basketball Club  National League Under 16s versus Bristol II November 2015 - 4Storm had a good start to the second period with Tom Axon and Westlake combining well inside for the opening six points for Storm.  Storm good inside play continued when Axon had a rest as Sissons took over and Storm regularly found ways to get the ball inside. Another three from Batson capped a 14 – 2 start to the quarter for Storm who moved the ball superbly and played with good energy at the defensive end.  Bristol continued to show fight and determination and several shots dropped for the visitors leading up to the half time break.  Another flurry of points from Batson and Jackson helped Storm head into the half 46 – 19 up.

Storm, knew the importance of a good start and a good performance in the second half of this game. Crook and Batson both set the tone early for Storm, with tough defence forcing early turnovers which Storm converted into points at the other end.  A few sloppy possession for Storm with four turnovers coming in quick succession resulted in a timeout. Afterwards Storm were more focused and continued to play tough defence as Bristol were forced into long range attempts. Sissons continued to dominate the boards and Tom Stocks attack the basket for Storm. Another good quarter saw Storm lead 66 – 27 with 10 minutes to play.

Dorset Storm Basketball Club  National League Under 16s versus Bristol II November 2015 - 5Sissons continued to lead Storm with some good inside play, collecting numerous rebounds whilst also scoring efficiently at the other end.  Storms defence was again impressive, with no obvious let up.  Stocks scored six in a row towards the mid point of the quarter and Ali Webb and Kundiso Majome registered their first scores too. Storm maintained good focus until the final buzzer as they took a 93 – 38 victory.

Storm were impressive throughout the game, in what was an important performance to start their final run in until Christmas.  Coach Jill Kemish was particularly impressed with the defensive effort:

“This was an important performance today. We definitely got a good, improved defensive display and the offence was pleasing too. The ball movement was superb at times and to finish with so many assists is a great indicator of the style we have played.

Today was also perhaps the first time we have improved in the second half of games like todays which is something we have been emphasising to the players all season.”

Next up for the Under 16s is Dorchester Tigers who they will travel to next Sunday in their final away game of 2015.

Scorers: *Batson 20, Sissons 18, *Westlake 17, Stocks 16, *Jackson 12, *Crook 2, *Axon 2, Webb 2, Squires 2, Majome 2, Long, Pearson.