Oaklands College 54 Hemel Storm 84
Hemel Storm cruised into the second round of the National Cup with a dominating 84-54 win over fourth division side Oaklands College in St Albans on Sunday.
Hemel took a 40-point lead into the final quarter which gave associate head coach Jon Burnell the opportunity to give extended playing time to his bench – including 16-year-olds Nick Allin and his son Jack, who hit back-to-back three-pointers within minutes of being put on court.
Storm were without new signings Walid Mumuni and 7ft Great Britain international Zak Wells as both players are waiting for clearance from their former clubs in Italy and Spain respectively.
Storm’s Tom Adorian, who has recovered well from summer surgery, signalled his determination to be a major contributor for Hemel this season with an impressive 16 points and 16 rebounds.
On Saturday, however, a depleted Storm side created excellent scoring opportunities against Newham but had a woeful conversion rate – connecting on only 30 per cent of their shots and eventually losing 64-57 in a National Trophy pool game.
“It was one of those games where it seemed nothing would fall for us,” said a frustrated Hemel head coach Steve Darlow.
“It’s usual for one or two guys to be off-form but we couldn’t seem to get anyone going.
“We’ll rebuild confidence in training this week and hopefully be back to our best for our game against Leeds next week.”