Hemel Storm on fire against high-flying Dragons

Louis Sayers in action for Hemel Storm against Worthing.
Louis Sayers in action for Hemel Storm against Worthing.
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Injury-hit Hemel Storm returned from Bradford on Sunday with their biggest scalp of the season having beaten Division One high-fliers Bradford Dragons 79-61.

Only eight of Hemel’s 14-strong senior squad were able to make the trip, but this did not stop Storm from taking the points.

The win completed a successful weekend for Hemel, who faced Worthing Thunder at Sportspace on Saturday.

After falling 19-14 behind in the first quarter, Storm dominated the rest of the game to seal an impressive 85-56 victory.

But Sunday’s win was achieved on the back of a superb first half performance when Hemel’s free-flowing offence and accurate shooting stunned the Dragons.

Storm went into the locker room 50-26 ahead at half-time as eventual top-scorer and GB U20 international Louis Sayers (pictured) was consistently set-up by his teammates to score.

Sayers finished with 24 points to continue his good form from the night before, when he again headed the scorers list with 28 points against Worthing.

Bradford fought back in a much more even second half but the damage was already done, and two Simon Kearney jump-shots in the fourth quarter wrapped up the Hemel win.

Storm Coach Mark Lloyd said: “The first quarter on Saturday was a wake-up call for us and although we were moving the ball and getting good looks offensively, we were just not containing them on defence in the way that we can.

“We made a couple of adjustments to start the second period and dominated the game from that point onwards.

“Worthing have run some good teams close recently so this was an important win for us in terms of our aims in our first season in the top flight.

“Both teams were short-handed on Sunday through injury or illness but the win completed a terrific weekend,” he added.

“After our superb first half performance we were always expecting a run from them in the third and fourth periods so it was a good test for us to have to play with a lead.

“We were naive at times defensively but made up for it with hustle and commitment – especially our youngsters Louis Sayers, Bode Adeluola and Mike Darlow.”