NBL Under 16s Vs Dorchester 05-03-2016

Excellent all round team performance sees Storm beat Dorchester.

Dorset Storm (38, 32, 30, 31) 131

Dorchester Tigers (10, 10, 13, 12) 45

On Saturday Dorset Storms Under 16s National League team welcomed their closest opponents, Dorchester Tigers to Rossmore Leisure Centre for their final home game of the season. Storm headed into the game following a good ‘bounce back’ performance the week previously against Bristol.

Storm opened with Harry Jackson, Harry Batson and Callum Crook in the back court whilst Charlie Long and Josh Westlake in the front court.  Batson opened the scoring quickly for the home side with a jump shot Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 16s versus Dorchetser March 2016 - 2from the top of the key.  Jackson was able to take advantage of a Long steal as Storm raced into a 4 – 0 lead.  Storm were playing strong defence, and communication well resulting in them forcing Dorchester into a series of mistakes.  Westlake, Crook and Long all registered baskets as Storm led 12 – 2 after four minutes. Tom Stocks checked into the game and scored bask-to-back baskets for the home side and in was the same again two minutes later when Tom Axon check in for two baskets in a row too.  Dorchester, shot their foul shots well, as some slow feet resulted in fouls for the home side.  It was Long who finished the quarter well for Storm scoring six points in the final two minutes as Storm led 38 – 10 after the opening quarter.

Westlake, Batson and Stocks helped Storm open the second period scoring for the home team.  Dorchester responded before a steal and layup by Batson ignited an 18 – 0 run for the home team.  Storm continued to be tough on defence when they concentrated and communicated, but every so often a lapse meant Dorchester were able to find a cheap basket. Storm were however now moving their feet much better and avoided the foul trouble they encountered in the opening quarter.  Ali Webb and Harry Batson ensured Storm finished the half strongly ad the two combined for eight points and to steals in the final part of the quarter.  At the half Storm led 70 – 20.

The third quarter opened as the Josh Westlake show as he scored the opening eight points of the quarter.  Crook and Long added scores as Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 16s versus Dorchetser March 2016 - 1Storm opened with a 16 – 2 run over the opening five minutes.  Aidan Squires, Sissons, Stocks and Majome helped Storms relentless attack continue, as the home side regularly found ways to score.  There was some outstanding ball movement and unselfish play – 10 third quarter assists were testament to this.  Storm were playing well at the defensive end, with the highlight being a Majome block as he scrabbled back showing Storm continuous energy. At the end of the quarter Storm led 100 – 33.

The final quarter started with Pearson opening the scoring alongside Stocks.  Storm were able to continue with their good play throughout the quarter as nine different players scored as Storm continued their good team performance.  At times, the defensive play could have been better, but Storm were able to hold their opponents reasonable in check.

Storm will undoubtedly be pleased with a performance that saw all 12 players score, eight of which scored 10 or more.  It was a team effort with assists, steals and rebounds for nearly every player too.  Coach Jill Kemish was pleased with Storms performance:Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 16s versus Dorchetser March 2016 - 4

“Last week we had some concerns at the offensive end, but this week we were pretty comprehensive at the offensive end.Now what we want to do heading into our final game next weekend is merge the last two weekends together.  The tough and relentless defence we played versus Bristol and the free flowing offence against Dorchester, if we can put the two parts together then we should have a good finish to the season.”

Storm have this weeks training to tidy up their performance as they head to Rhondda for the final game of the season next Saturday.

Scorers: Stocks 19, Batson 16, Long 16, Westlake 16, Crook 12, Jackson 12, Axon 10, Majome 10, Webb 8, Squires 6, Pearson 4, Sissons 4.