Storm bounce back
Under- 16s maul Highland Bears on the court
Ayr Storm under- 16 men bounced back from an overtime loss to Glasgow City to beat Highland Bears 78- 50.
Mathew Keegan opened the scoring and the visitors from Inverness struggled to legally mark the Storm players – putting Matthew Morrison and Paul Gibbons to the line early – with both sinking their free throws.
Great rebounding from Gabriel Lorimer and pressure defence from Harrison Smith helped Storm win the period 16- 9.
Storm scored 27 points in the second period for a 43- 22 lead into the interval.
P3 was almost a repeat and Storm took it 28- 11. With the result secured, P4 was an opportunity to mix up lines, try players in new positions and see how they coped with the pressure.
Bears won the final period 17- 7 but the development opportunities and what was learned in P4 was more important.
Squad: P Gibbons ( 8pts), C Lang ( 2), I Tomba ( 2), B Ferguson ( 8), B Wheeler ( 2), G Lorimer ( 6), M Morrison ( 13), D Martin, D Pirrie ( 4), N Bradley, H Smith ( 4), M Keegan ( 29).
The Under18men opened well and held a physically taller and stronger Bears side in the opening period and early into the second as well.
However, the visitors worked out how to limit the Ayr offence and raced away to win 101- 53.
In local league matches, it was not a good week for the club with the three men’s teams losing on the road. 1st team: Glasgow Fever 91, Ayr Storm 67; 2nd team: Paisley BC 75, Ayr Storm 39 ; Masters team: Bishopton Broncos 73, Ayr Masters 53.
The women lost 95- 38 at home to Glasgow Fever but it was good to see new players involved.
Storm force The Ayr under 16 side who beat Bears