Storm double up to climb to the top of the table

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Hemel Storm moved to the top of National League Division One after beating Team Northumbria 71-61 on Saturday and seeing off Tees Valley Mohawks 83-59 the following day.

The clash with Northumbria was a tight affair, with the home team taking an early lead before Storm’s defence clamped down to give the visitors the half-time advantage.

Hemel Storm's Bode Adeluola

Hemel Storm's Bode Adeluola

Storm’s long range shooters then found their mark in the second half to forge an unassailable gap – Bode Adeluola led the way with 23 points, with Zak Wells netting 12 and Rodney Bryn-Hussey bagging 11.

On Sunday, Storm put in a tremendous team effort to contain Tees Valley’s danger men.

Hemel centre Wells was forced to leave the game early because of a back injury, but one of the best defensive spells of the season saw Tees Valley held to just five points in the second quarter.

The home team came back aggressively in the third and fourth periods as they slowly clawed back Storm’s lead, but the Hemel players held their nerve to see out the remainder of the game.

Storm’s dynamic lead guard Adeluola put on a scintillating offensive performance, with 41 points, seven rebounds, five assists and seven steals. Tom Adorian’s rugged and determined display notched 18 points and seven rebounds.

Storm head coach Steve Darlow said: “These two wins are a direct result of this squad’s work ethic.

“We are in no doubt that it is early days and there are many tough challenges ahead, but our character – our Storm pride – will mean we will confront these head-on and put in the best performances we can.”

Storm are at home on Saturday when they take on second-placed Newham NASSA at Sportspace at 7pm. They then travel to the unbeaten Essex Leopards on Sunday. For ticket information, please visit www.stormbasketball.net