Storm bounce back

Un­der- 16s maul High­land Bears on the court

Ayrshire Post - - SPORTS - Danny Gib­bons

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

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