Hemel Storm 94 Westminster Warriors 80
In an entertaining and fast-paced game, Hemel Storm moved up to eighth in the table and a into a National League Division One play-off spot when they beat Westminster Warriors at Sportspace on Saturday.
Trailing 40-31 at half-time, Hemel hit back early in the third period when their slick offence and excellent shooting opened a 10-point gap.
All five starting players for Storm recorded double-figure scoring as Westminster found it difficult to play against the home team’s unselfish offence and pressure defence.
Storm’s 6ft 9ins centre Tom Adorian top-scored for the first time this season with a total of 20 points, and he also grabbed 10 rebounds in an impressive individual display.
The game itself was an annual memorial match dedicated to the memory of Malcolm ‘Mac’ Campbell, one of Hertfordshire’s best ever players who captained Great Britain as a player but died in 2010 aged 64 after a two-year battle with cancer.
Mac’s widow, family and friends were present to watch the Storm players put in a display befitting of the occasion.
Storm play their biggest game of the season so far at Sportspace this weekend when they take on Essex Leopards in the semi-finals of the National Trophy on Saturday evening.
Tip-off is 7pm and the Storm coaching team are hoping for a bumper crowd to roar the side on to victory.
Hemel have lost twice to Leopards this so far term but Storm director of coaching Dave Titmuss feels they have prepared well for the clash and have the potential to cause an upset.
“In a one-off game we can be as good as anyone in the country,” he said.
Tickets for Saturday’s game are £5 for adults and £2 for U16s, but Storm are offering an online discount of 20 per cent.
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