Nelson-Henry makes his Storm debut as Storm host Newcastle

26/01/2024

Hemel Storm host Team Newcastle University on Saturday in what is another must win game for Storm. In what is a battle between 3rd and 5th place in the league table, this matchup could prove to be a pivotal moment in both teams’ seasons.

Storm come into this fixture with great momentum, after deservedly winning 105-72 against an athletic Loughborough Riders, who pushed Storm until the last quarter. The hosts showed an outstanding team performance, as their valiant defensive work provided them with opportunities for fast break points as well as their shooting accuracy from inside and around the three point arc. Hakeem Sylla especially enjoyed his 28 points, creating good shooting opportunities with his movement under the basket, matched with his exceptional aerial presence. Despite falling 1 rebound short of his usual double-double, Sylla would have been pleased to see Swalve, Inger, Newman and Eze registering over 10 points, as Storm’s high intensity basketball boosted them to a comfortable victory in the end.

They will have to encounter Team Newcastle University, who currently possess a record of 8 wins and 3 losses. Despite having lost 82-98 to Storm in the reverse fixture, the Tyne-side outfit will seek revenge, equipped with the second highest average points scorer in NBL Division One. Logan Rooney has shown his ability to shoot accurately on multiple occasions during this campaign. He poses a constant threat with his ball-handling, which will be kept on Storm’s radar to prevent any repeat performance.

Other players which have shone through are Emmanuel Kanwei and Justin Hopkins. Kanwei has also shown his dominance within the paint as his power, combined with his impressive finishing ability makes him a tough player to guard. Hopkins, on the other hand, is a tricky player who can be unpredictable. His ability to connect with three pointers alongside driving to the basket will also make him a player to watch. Having came back to win against Thames Valley Cavaliers, as well as defeating a strong Reading Rockets team, Newcastle will pose a threat throughout the game.

Storm will also be armed with a new signing. Darien Nelson-Henry, formerly of the Leicester Riders will be making his debut for Storm on Saturday. Standing at 6’11, Nelson-Henry will provide Storm with a greater aerial advantage over future opponents, using his BBL experience to drive Storm to silverware by the end of the season.

Storm fans can purchase tickets to see Nelson-Henry for the first time using the link: www.stormbasketball.net.

Written by Ollie Heathcote.

 

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