NBL Under 18s Vs Torbay 19-12-2015

The good and the bad on show as Under 18s play Torbay.

 Dorset Storm (11, 4, 18, 8) 41

Torbay Tigers (18, 21, 17, 21) 77

Dorset Storms Under 18s took to the court on Saturday for the first time in three weeks as they took on Torbay Tigers.  Storms last outing was a convincing victory over Cotswold, whilst Torbay came into the game top of the table.

Storm opened with a back court of Will Taylor ad Adam Skitt with Jack Bartlett, Jack Axon and Deividas Liveris in the front court. Torbay opened the scoring, as they registered the opening five Version 2points, as Storm were a step slow defensively allowing them to get to the basket too easily.  Liveris responded with a triple from the top of the key to open Storms scoring.  The visitors added further points from the foul line, before Taylor and Klavs Riekstins added scores for Storm.  Storm were getting open looks on offence, but the shots weren’t dropping. Scores from Alex Jeffries and an ‘and-one’ from Axon kept Storm within touching distance as the trailed 11 – 18 at the end of the opening quarter.

Storm struggled to get going in the second period. It was a combination of Torbay hitting everything, including two threes in a 11 – 0 run to open the quarter and Storm literally throwing the ball away on several occasions as they had eight turnovers in the opening part of the second quarter.  A Storm timeout did little to slow the scoring from Torbay, primarily because the offence provided easy scores with poor decision making.  It wasn’t until the sixth minute when Taylor stole the ball and found Harry Batson on the right wing for a tough finish on the break that Storm got on the scoreboard.  Jack Axon added Storms only other basket a couple of minutes later as he slashed to the basket and finished well inside. As the team headed into the half time break Storm trailed 15 – 39.

Storm started the second half well, as they came out with far more discipline.  After Torbay opened the scoring off an offensive rebound, Axon, Bartlett and Taylor did their roles to Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 18s versus Torbay December 2015 - 4perfection as Storm went in an 11 – 0 run.  Torbay called an early timeout, but Storm maintained their good play. Axon on Taylor both scored with good strong moves at the basket and jump shots from the perimeter showing their versatility. It wasn’t until the seventh minute that Torbay scored off a first chance play, and unfortunately for Storm, they switched off in the final couple of minutes for the quarter. Again there was a series of turnovers, including one with less than 20 second remaining in the quarter which allowed Torbay to score a three on the buzzer to lead 33 – 56.

Early on in the final quarter both teams exchanged baskets, with Batson and Axon registered baskets for Storm.  Six points in a hurry from Toray though, took the game away from Storm once again. Storm continued to work hard though, and were consistency inconsistent, showing that when they stuck to their job and did it properly they got good results and when they were soft or not in the right place it all went wrong.  In the final few minutes Axon scored another basket to add to his haul, and Riekstins converted the ‘and-one’ play following a nice post move.  Storm though finished the game with a 41 – 77 defeat.

Storm were led with 13 point, 12 rebound double-double from Jack Axon and a nine point five assists display from Will Taylor. Following the game coach Luke Kemish expressed a mixed range of feelings:

Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 18s versus Torbay December 2015 - 3“We were either great of poor throughout this game. When it went wrong, we turned over the ball over, didn’t box out and generally didn’t do what we were meant to be doing.

When we got it right, the basketball was really good.  We made several big defensive plays, and looked good offensively too, but we didn’t do it enough.

Hopefully that third quarter spell will give the players confidence and now allow us to build on that.”

Storm now have a break over Christmas and New Year before playing Cardiff Archers at home on Saturday 16th January.

Scorers: *Axon 13, *Taylor 9, Riekstins 7, Batson 4, *Bartlett 3, *Liveris 3, Jeffries, *Skitt.