NBL Under 16s Vs Dorchester 06-12-2015

NBL Under 16s continue to show improvement as they finish their final away game of 2015 in style.

Dorset Storm (38, 34, 36, 29) 139

Dorchester Tigers (4, 10, 0, 6) 20

Dorset Storm Under 16s hit the road again on Saturday for their final away game of 2015, as they made their shortest trip of the year to Dorchester Tigers. Storm travelled with the same team that had put in a good performance against Bristol the previous week and were looking to continue to improve their level of play.

Storm opened with Tom Axon and Josh Westlake in the front court whilst Harry Jackson, Harry Batson Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 16s versus Dorchester December 2015 1 - 3and Callum Crook were together in the back court. Storm opened the scoring on their opening possession as Westlake was fed the ball inside from a Jackson drive. On the next play, a steal from Batson led to a Jackson lay-up as Storm got off to a quick start. Defensively Storm got the balance between attacking and being patient right as they forced Dorchester into a series of early turnovers. As the quarter went on Storms rotations and communication continued to improve as they grew in confidence.  Storms guards continued to dominate at the defensive end, and then make smart, unselfish decisions at the offensive end as 12 first quarter steals and eight first quarter assists enabled them to lead 4 – 38 at the end of the quarter.

In the second quarter Storm continued to play tough defence, no matter which style they played.  Storm regularly got the ball inside as Westlake, Axon and Josh Sissons all scored early basket.  Ali Webb scored at the basket following a superbly timed back cut and Aidan Squires finished two tough shots on the break as Storm scored regularly.  Tom Stocks and Crook combined for eight points as Storm completed a big run to lead 8 – 56 as Dorchester called their second timeout. Charlie Long provide once again his value through his versatility as he played in three different positions, contributing a tough finish at the basket, steals, assists and rebounds in the quarter.  Storm though lost a little focus in the final few minutes as Dorchester showed their resilience closing out the final 2:41 with an 8 – 3 run to finish the half.

Storm knew that they wanted to start the second half well and most importantly use it as an opportunity to develop further.  Crook helped Storm to set the tone once again at the defensive end as he completed Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 16s versus Dorchester December 2015 1 - 2two early steals. Storms finishing let them down early though as a series of missed shots let Dorchester ‘off the hook’.  Batson helped Storm get going in the third minute as he started to warm up, scoring seven in a row including a three from the wing.  Storms defence was again their strongest asset as they continually dug in, and worked hard for each other.  Stocks and Sissons helped Storm close out the third period strongly with eight points in a row whilst Rory Pearson and Crook grabbed numerous rebounds each.

Heading into the final quarter Storm were determined to work hard and aim for 40 minutes of good basketball.  Storm were managing to execute their sets well, and that was combined with some great ball and player movement to see them threaten the basket in numerous different ways.  Kundiso Majome helped maintain the pressure at the defensive end with a pair of steals.  Webb continued to attack the basket and got to the foul line on a couple of occasions and Long continued to score baskets and contribute in a number of different ways. As the quarter drew to a close Storm took a 20 – 139 victory.

After the game coach Jill Kemish was pleased with the performance and said that she was continually surprised by the improvements shown by the team:

Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 16s versus Dorchester December 2015 1 - 4“We have regularly talked to the players about the importance of improving and continuing to grow. We have set them a really tough target that last week they didn’t quite hit, yet this week with more hard work and dedication at training they have come out and achieved it.

Offensively, we are looking more comfortable and confident in what we want to do, but more important is the fact that defensively we are continuing to develop into a tough and resilient group.

We almost produced the perfect 40 minutes of basketball, we were 2 minutes and 41 seconds away from it, so there is still room for improvement there, but we are closer than what we were last week and that’s the important thing.”

The coaches will be hoping that the players remain hungry to improve as they welcome Team Rhondda to Rossmore Leisure Centre next Saturday for a 1.30pm tip-off.

Scorers: *Westlake, 21, Sissons 19, *Jackson 18, Stocks 17, *Batson 15, *Crook 15, Squires 10, Long 7, *Axon 6, Majome 6, Webb 5, Pearson.