Hemel Storm double up

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Hemel Storm secured two impressive and vital National League Division One wins at the weekend, defeating Medway Park Crusaders 79-55 at Sportspace on Saturday, before winning 93-70 in London the following day.

A stunning third quarter behind top-scorer Louis Sayers’ 28 points destroyed Medway after the teams were locked at 36-all before the break.

Storm’s changing defences and free-flowing offence broke the game open and left their opponents reeling from a 29-7 run.

Hemel’s director of coaching, Dave Titmuss, said: “The win against Medway represented a 46-point turnaround from our Trophy loss to them earlier in the year which I think is a reflection of the progress that we’re making at both ends of the court.”

On Sunday, Storm faced a trip to Westminster Warriors who boast an impressive home record.

They had dispensed with the top-ranked Bradford Dragons on Saturday night but, after a physical battle in the first quarter, it was Storm’s composure under pressure and excellent execution on offence that sparked a 25-12 second period to set-up the victory.

Hemel coach Mark Lloyd said: “Westminster is always a difficult place to get a win as they’re a physical, 40-minute team and can really disrupt the timing of your offence with their pressure.

“But we absorbed what they threw at us and had 50 on the board by half-time.

“We were able to keep them off the offensive boards in the second half which was a key to the win.”

Storm are at Sportspace this Saturday against Tees Valley, tip-off 7pm.