Storm host Reading with both teams looking to bounce back from defeats

01/12/2023

GAME PREVIEW
Saturday 2nd December - 7.00pm tip off
Hemel Storm vs Reading Rockets
NBL Division One

Hemel Storm are back in town for the first time in 3 weeks, hosting a Reading Rockets side who have a 5-1 record etched to their name.

Both teams will be looking to bounce back from defeats last weekend, as Storm lost to Worthing in the National Cup and Reading were defeated at home to a strong Derby Trailblazers. After an intense encounter in their last outing in the Playoff Semi Final, this game is sure to not disappoint.

However, Reading will be looking to make a statement in front of the StormDome, lining up with a quality roster in all areas. Their latest recruits include Aussie Mitch Clarke, former Barking Abbey player Elijah Maynard and Big Christian Alexander, who looks to assert his dominance in the paint. Despite this quality, it is the inform Zack Powell who Storm should look to prevent, becoming an integral part in the Rockets’ starting five. Reading will look to give Storm their first home defeat since 26th March 2022, where Solent Kestrels took a close win.

As for Storm, they have worked hard to iron out the problems from last Sunday’s defeat to Worthing Thunder. Having been dominated on the rebounds against the South Coast side, Storm will look to improve upon this, preventing the Rockets from second chance points. Storm will need to maintain composure until the final buzzer to secure a win and avoid unnecessary turnovers. ‘Let’s Go Storm Fans Player of the Month’ Seth Swalve will look to find his fantastic form from November as his speed and shooting accuracy will definitely be a problem.

Overall, it will be one of Hemel’s toughest tests yet with the Rockets in fantastic form. Both sides will be motivated to win with the Rockets looking for revenge after a 3 point defeat in the Playoff Semi Final. It is sure to be an entertaining affair, so the StormDome will be expected to fill up fast. Tickets are available to buy online at www.stormbasketball.net.

Written by Ollie Heathcote

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