Storm face local double header looking for a winning weekend on the road!

23/11/2023
GAME PREVIEWS

Saturday 25th November - 7.00pm tip off, Thames Valley Cavaliers vs Hemel Storm, NBL Division One

Saturday’s game sees Hemel Storm make the short trip to Uxbridge College to face the Thames Valley Cavaliers. Storm will look to build on the impressive win on the road away to Bradford Dragons last weekend.

In Storm’s way stand a Thames Valley Cavaliers side, who are no strangers to Hemel Storm. The two teams have had some incredible matchups in the past, most recently with Storm winning 89-104.

Since the last matchup, however, the Cavaliers have strengthened their roster, bringing in players such as Igor Stokic who recorded 15 rebounds in their last game. The home side will also come into the fixture with their confidence high after a hard-fought 78-72 victory at home to London Elite. Keeping focused until the final buzzer was key for the home side, to overcome this Storm need to remain professional as they did against the Dragons.

The rosters of both teams have some names which are familiar to both sets of supporters. For Thames Valley Cavaliers, former Storm players Bode Adeluola, Shaquille Lewis and AJ Roberts will be suiting up, looking to defend their home court. As for Storm, Hakeem Sylla and Bernard Hehetro return to what was once their home.

Over the past few weeks, it has been clear that the new-look roster of Hemel Storm has started to gel, which was evident in the 1st and 4th quarter away at Bradford. They will need to relax under pressure, trust each other’s strengths and defend with high intensity to gain victory.

Previous battles aside, it will be the team fighting for every possession and executing their game plan who will win. It is sure to be an exciting game.

Tickets for the Thames Valley game are available here.

 

Sunday 26th November - 5.00pm tip off, Worthing Thunder vs Hemel Storm, National Cup

On Sunday, all attention turns to the National Cup round-of-16 as Storm head to the south coast to take on the Worthing Thunder. Eyes always shift to this fixture, which brings a sense of anticipation as it has been a blockbuster tie in the NBL calendar for many years now, with the two close rivals battling out a series of close epics and fighting for many trophies, including 2 finals last year.

The sides have already met once this year in a fairly low-key NBL Division 1 matchup, with Storm coming out 22 point victors at the StormDome just over a month ago. Hakeem Sylla topped the scoresheet that night with 20 points, in a well-balanced team display, also featuring 19 points from Sam Newman and 13 apiece for Brayden Inger and Seth Swalve.

The rivals tenaciously battled for top-spot last year, with Storm trumping the Thunder in both the KitKing Trophy final and the NBL Division One Playoff finals, however in a much more open league campaign both sides have suffered indifferent, unsure starts having already lost more league games combined this year than throughout the whole of last year.

Worthing currently sit 10th in the table with only 2 wins to their name; however Storm can’t afford to overlook their key threats and expect a jolly on the South coast this Sunday, as former man Hafeez Abdul will be out to gain some revenge and veteran Tom Ward has constantly proved a tough task for Storm to overcome in this particular fixture. New man Daniel Johnson-Thompson has settled in well and looks to be an explosive threat while the recently announced return of Zaire Taylor to the playing roster will add an extra spice to the game, with Storm needing no reminders of his capability to grasp a game away from them. Likewise, new man Jake Eynon, formerly of Essex Rebels and very recently London Elite, will strengthen the Worthing roster as they look to make progress and improve before the winter break.  Storm themselves will look to key-man Hakeem Sylla, fresh from securing a place in Rebound’s NBL Team of the Week, and American Seth Swalve to input his quality into the affair and push the game out of the Thunder’s sight.

Tickets for the Worthing game are available here.

This weekend marks an important point in Storm’s campaign, as they now look to show to the rest of the league their gelling period is over and look to claim their first double-winning weekend since the second week of the season to follow last week’s impressive road win over Bradford Dragons. Against two local rivals, a pair of competitive, tight and tense games are to be expected, with some action-packed basketball guaranteed. Make your support known to the boys by making the short trips to Uxbridge College for a 7pm tip on Saturday and Worthing Leisure Centre for 5pm on Sunday, before the boys return to the StormDome next weekend for a bumper clash against Reading Rockets.

Tickets for next weekend's home game are available at www.stormbasketball.net.

Written by Ollie Heathcote and Callum Humphrey

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