NBL Under 16s Vs Bristol II 27-02-2016

Tough defensive display sees Storm pick up win on the road in Bristol.

Dorset Storm (12, 19, 19, 15) 75

Bristol Academy II (2, 4, 9, 13) 28

Dorset Storms Under 16s National League team travelled to Bristol on Saturday. The team were looking to bounce back following last weekends defeat.

Storm opened the game with Callum Crook, Harry Jackson and Harry Batson in the back court whilst Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 16s versus Bristol Academy II - 1Charlie Long and Josh Westlake were in the front court. Both teams started slowly, although Storm would feel they started the more positively as they created a series of layups in the opening few minutes. The issue Storm had was not being able to finish around the basket as a series of missed layups resulted just two points being scored in the game in the opening seven minutes. Defensively Storm were strong and aggressive and were able to communicate effectively.  Jackson scored two slicing to the basket and Westlake out back his own miss as Storm started to get going.  Steals from Crook, Axon and Webb ignited fast break points for Storm, who finished the final part of the quarter with an 8 – 0 run.

Storm started the second quarter much more brightly, with their defensive intensity and organisation being really strong.  Westlake, stocks and Crook all added points in the opening couple of minutes of the quarter.  Importantly at the defensive end, Bristol were held scoreless for six minutes. This was because the defensive energy was maintained no matter which combination of players was on the court.  A few careless passes prevented Storm from really dominating fully at the offensive end.  Batson then went on an 8 – 0 run himself, include two triples and a pair of foul shots as Storm started to pull away.  Points from Sissons, Stocks and Westlake finished the half strongly for Storm who held a 6 – 41 lead at the half.

Storm maintained good defensive energy in the third period as Batson, Crook and Jackson all registered Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 16s versus Bristol Academy II - 4steals early on. Storms finishing in and around the basket continued to let them down though as they scored steadily at the other end.  Kundiso Majome showed some good guard play during the quarter as Storm mixed up their line ups regularly.  Charlie Long helped Storm clean up the rebounds with five in the quarter, whilst Ali Webb picked up two steals.  Westlake finished the quarter with back to back baskets as Storm led 15 – 60 at the end of the third period.

The final period saw Storm open the scoring through Westlake, quickly followed by Long and Jackson.  Storm had started to move the ball well and were being patient on offence.  Stocks, Majome and Jackson all registered score in the final few minutes of the game, as Storm completed a good performance on the road, finishing the game winners 28 – 75.

Storm would have been pleased with the performance, after an excellent performance the week before which ended in a tough defeat. Something that coach Jill Kemish alluded to after the game:

Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 16s versus Bristol Academy II - 3“It was pleasing that the players were able to stick together, come out and put in a really good performance.  We loved the fact that the players were able to play defence with a smile on their face whist taking calculated risks.

Offensively, there was some really good play, a target for next week would be to finish better in and around the basket though as we missed taking advantage of a few opportunities.

All in all, it is another week in which we have improved so we are once again happy.”

Storm have this weeks training session before the welcome Dorchester to Rossmore Leisure Centre on Saturday for a 1.30pm tip-off.

Scorers: *Batson 17, Stocks 16, *Westlake 12, *Jackson 10, Sissons 10, *Crook 4, *Long 2, Majome 2, Axon 2, Webb.