Updated: Jan 11, 2020
This was the first game in the new U15s team’s first ever league season and they certainly drew the short straw for their opening game up against a well established and drilled Frankley Falcons team.
Numbers were light for the team so some of the U13s (Shout out to Ben, Joe, Alex, Cole, Rhys & Oli) from the previous game kindly leant a hand to bolster the numbers to a sustainable level.
The first quarter kicked off and the Falcons pressed Storm from the get go which caused numerous turnovers, ironically it was a turnover from Frankley that gifted Alex L monster run down the court for an easy 2. Ben and Joe were finding their way to the hoop and getting free-throws for their efforts – by the end of the quarter Storm were already 26 points down.
Quarter 2 and Storm were starting to get into their front court Cole picking up a 3rd minute bucket, and Amelia gaining her confidence in the paint to drain a sweet jump shot. However more forced and unforced mistakes gave Frankley several uncontested layups.
Q3 Started after half-time and Coach Kevin told the team to concentrate on getting back and defending after any mistakes. Charlie & Joe were putting in a big defensive effort under their own bucket, and considering Joe was in huge foul trouble, that was pretty impressive. Niall found some success receiving the ball under the bucket, but couldn’t quite find his rhythm, but good effort.
Q4 Everyone Was still putting in effort even with the ever lengthening gap. Cody, who was playing in his first game, managed to get himself on the scoresheet. Distaster struck when Alex managed to get himself fouled out of the game.
All in all a big effort by everyone, it’s just that this first game just happens to be one of the hardest games the new U15 Storm team will face in the league this year. But chin up and we do it all again next weekend at home against Bournville Bears.
Final Score: Frankley Falcons 102 – Shrewsbury Storm 21