NBL Under 16s Vs Somerset 30-01-2016

Good team work and impressive individual performances as Storm pick up win versus Somerset.

Dorset Storm (14, 20, 12, 19) 65

Somerset Tigers (10, 5, 14, 15) 44

Dorset Storms Under 16s side played their first game of 2016 on Saturday as they welcomed Somerset Tigers to Rossmore Leisure Centre. Storm were expecting a tough game against an opponent who are always well organised and tough to play against. A couple of late drop outs meant that Storm only fielded 10 players for this game.

Storm opened the game with a changed back court of Kundiso Majome, Aidan Squires and Callum Crook Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 16s versus Somerset January 2016 3 - 1whilst Josh Westlake and Charlie Long were in the front court. The visitors opened the scoring as Storm started slowly with Somerset holding a 0 – 4 lead after three minutes.  Storm though opened their account as Crook drove strongly to the basket and finished at the ring before Westlake added two move as Crook found him in side. Long and Westlake were doing a great job of being active at the defensive end and the pair along with Crook combined for the first nine rebounds for Storm.  A Crook and-one, a foul shot from Tom Stocks, two foul shots from Harry Jackson and a baseline jump shot from Long saw Storm finish the final two minutes of the quarter with an 8 – 2 run to take a 14 – 10 lead after the opening period.

Storm started the second quarter strongly.  Ali Webb, Aidan Squires and Crook all helped Storm turn the pressure up at the defensive end as Storm turned defensive stops and steals into scores at the other end.  Josh Sissons, Crook and Stocks combined as Storm went on a 9 – 0 charge to start the quarter.  Storm continued to work hard as a team at the defensive end of the court and six in a row from Stocks gave Storm a 29 – 15 lead.  Long finished off the quarter with the final five points for Storm including an tough and-one finish and could shot to see Storm lead 34 – 15 at the half.

Storm opened the second half playing some fantastic offence, with great ball and player movement but were undone by some poor finishing in and around the basket.  This allowed Somerset to close the gap Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 16s versus Somerset January 2016 1 - 1during the opening few minutes. Storm continued to dig their heels in at the defensive end and work hard, with Westlake and Crook continuing to grab numerous rebounds.  Westlake got Storms opening basket of the second half in the third minute and Squires added a foul shot soon after.  Storm showed good composure as anytime Somerset threatened to go on a run, they managed to nullify the threat by staying calm and playing good team basketball.  A block from Jackson and a steal from Long ignited Storm in the final minute as Stocks and Crook combined for the final six points of the quarter at the other end of the quarter in a crucial period that saw Storm maintain a healthy lead 46 – 29 heading into the final 10 minutes.

Storm headed into the final quarter needing to maintain their focus and effort and Stocks and Sissons helped them do just that with two early scores.  Crook though picked up his fourth foul and took a minutes rest, during which time Majome came on and made a big impact. Along with his normal tenacious defence he added a tough finish at the basket and a full court assist to keep Storms momentum going. With Crook back on the floor it was Westlakes turn to turn creator as he completed three successive steals to ignite Storm on the fast break as Crook found Jackson, then Stocks and finally Long in a series of assists as part of a 9 – 0 run over the final few minutes. Storm managed to maintain the intensity all the way to the final buzzer as they took a 65 – 44 vicotry.

Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 16s versus Somerset January 2016 2 - 1Storm will be pleased with the result in their first outing of 2016 and, their first game for six weeks.  Coach Jill Kemish was particularly impressed with how some great team basketball was combined with some of the best individual performances so far this season.

“There were contributions from everybody on the team today. Lots of players stepped up, we had some different roles for people but everybody was up to the challenge.

Defensively we continued to be tough and work well as a team.  Along side the team element, it was great to see a number of stand out performances from some individuals who have worked really hard and are seeing their efforts pay off.”

It will be crucial that the team has a good week at training as Storm face Plymouth Raiders next Saturday at Rossmore Leisure Centre in what will be another tough game for the side.

Scorers: Stocks 16, *Crook 13, *Westlake 12, *Long 9, Jackson 6, Sissons 6, *Majome 2, *Squires 1, Webb, Axon.