Storm clouds R2D3 campaign
U14 Rams II hosted Sussex Storm II at Christ College on Saturday. With only one outing so far this season, Storm II were something of an unknown quantity, although in their only encounter so far they had racked up 95 points against Mid-Sussex.
As the teams warmed up, they looked to be a reasonable physical match-up. Then Storm’s number 11 appeared on court! When an under 14 has to duck to get under the basket you know you are in for an interesting game.
A tight opening few minutes saw minimal points scored on either side, with Storm holding a slight lead before opening up with some sharp finishing. By contrast Rams were struggling to find a rhythm and penetrate Storm’s defense. By the end of Q1 Rams trailed by 10.
Q2 saw a more combative, organised and competitive Rams step onto court. The talkative and talented Mr 6, playing point for Storm, was subject to some pit-bull D from Rams 00 Jonah Williams and was kept largely quiet.
Rams started to look more fluid and lay-ups started to drop. Ben Light pitched in with several much needed points and Storm’s foul count soon reached 5. Rams didn’t make full capital from the free-throw line, a trend which continued throughout the match.
Rams ended the quarter 15-10 up but down 22-27 in the game with the Lightening Bolt, Ben on 8.
Q3 saw Rams press hard and initially close the gap further, only to be caught out in the later stages by a series of quick fire breaks and clinical finishing from Storm, who rapidly increased their overall lead by 18, to finish the quarter 47-29.
To their credit, Rams kept their head up and energy levels high in the final quarter. Al Mayo constantly harried on defence and surged in attack. Nico Gordon pressed hard, driving to the basket to finish on 5 points and Ashley Gerrard found his rebounding rhythm to contribute 10 points and 4 rebounds. Storm hit foul trouble, as their giant 11 had to sit out the closing stages. Mr 6 picked up a rare technical at this level, allowing his mouth and not the ball to do the talking. He was lucky not to pick up a second technical as he returned to the back court.Final score Rams 48 – Sussex Storm 58
U14 R2 continue to grow and develop under the talented guidance of Coach Dylan. Next week they head across to Crawley, for an encounter with high flying Sussex Storm I. Lessons will be learnt from the weekend performance and some half term practise from the charity line and a helping of self belief will work wonders. Next weekend heralds the return of the #DanishDestroyer, Emil to U14R2’s ranks.