NBL Under 16s Vs Rhondda 12-03-2016

Great rounded performance wraps up a good season for the Under 16s.

Dorset Storm (20, 31, 23, 23) 97

Rhondda Dragons (11, 8, 4, 7) 30

Dorset Storm Under 16s team travelled to Wales for their final game of the season on Saturday, as they faced Rhondda Dragons.  Storm headed into the game looking to combine their efforts from the previous two games, the relentless defence they showed when they played Bristol two weeks ago and the free flowing offence from last weekends game versus Dorchester.

Storm opened with Harry Jackson, Harry Batson and Callum Crook in the back court whilst Josh Westlake and Charlie Long were in the front court. The Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 16s versus Rhondda March 20161 - 4home side opened the scoring in the game, with a foul shot and a put back. Long got Storm off the mark, first with a score along the baseline and secondly following up a miss on the fast break where he was also fouled and converted the foul shot, giving Storm a 3 – 5 lead.  Batson added to baskets before Jackson added two from the foul line as Storm opened up a 3 – 11 lead resulting in a timeout from Rhondda.  Tom Stocks and Josh Sissons continued to keep Storm going on offence, and despite losing Jackson to injury the defensive intensity led by Kundiso Majome, Tom Axon and Batson continued for the rest of the quarter. At the end of the opening period Storm led 11 – 20.

It was Rhondda who once again opened the scoring in the quarter, this time from behind the arc. Westlake then scored six in a row for Storm, as Axon, Batson and Crook all found the him open under the basket following some good ball movement against Rhondda’s zone defence.  Josh Corbin and Axon continued to be really active defensively, as the pair picked up four steals in the quarter which provided scores in transition for Stocks, Axon and Majome. A Batson triple ignited a 15 – 0 run in three minutes from Storm, which was slowed only by Rhondda’s second timeout of the quarter.  Storm continued to move the ball well, and a baseline jump shot from Long saw Storm head into the interval leading 19 – 51.

The third quarter started slowly with neither team able to find a basket in the opening four minutes.  A Storm timeout, saw them come back out with some Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 16s versus Rhondda March 20161 - 2more aggression on the offensive end. It was Batson, stocks and Majome that all got scores for Storm as they started to get going in the second half.  Despite the slow start, Storm were showing their defensive qualities, with good communication and effort throughout the quarter. Indeed, in the quarter Storm only conceded two field goals, as they worked hard at the defensive end. Nothing showed Storms effort at the defensive end than the three 24 second violations that they forced during the period.  Points came freely from Stocks, Sissons and Axon as Storm held a 23 – 7 lead heading into the final 10 minutes of the season.

It was the Corbin, Long and Batson show early in the fourth period as the trio combined for the opening nine points, three assists, rebounds and steals. Storms defensive remained tough and a series of baskets from Stocks, Westlake and Crook saw Storm extend their lead further with plenty of scores coming at the end of crisp and sharp ball movement. In the end, Storm maintained their focus for the remainder of the quarter and ran out winner 30 – 97.

Storm will be really pleased with their performance that wrapped up a pleasing season for the team. It is never easy to travel for three to four hours and put in a good performance but that is exactly what they have managed to do on multiple occasions. Coach Jill Kemish was pleased with the way the team completed their season:

Dorset Storm Basketball Club National League Under 16s versus Rhondda March 20161 - 3“We set some targets a few weeks ago, and this result means we have met them all which is great for the players.

Today, we managed to take the best bits from our last two games and put them together to get a really good performance to finish the season.”

Congratulations to all the players on their improvement throughout the season.

Scorers: Stocks 19, *Westlake 16, *Long 15, *Batson 12, Axon 8, *Crook 4, Majome 4, Corbin 3, *Jackson 2