It’s been a November of highs and lows for Hemel Storm basketball team, with some disappointing league losses buoyed by a well-deserved win in the National Cup.
October had been an outstanding month for the side, with not a single loss in any competition until they faced a strong Derby Trailblazers team, providing Storm with their first league defeat of the season as well.
Going into the game they were league’s top scorers, but they were no match for the organised East Midlands squad, who won with a score of 94 to the Herts side’s 73.
The following game against Reading Rockets away was a similarly frustrating affair, with a narrow battle for points in the first quarter giving way to a win for the home side that disappointed Storm fans.
The next day brought a much better result for Hemel against Leicester Warriors despite a scrappy match and a drowsy third quarter, with a fast end to the game resulting in a 103-85 win for the Hertfordshire side.
In-form Worthing Thunder came the week after, and despite an excellently fought game against a side with a good record, Storm was unable to conquer them, with the visitors claiming the game with 95 points over the home side’s 84.
Following that, the day after brought a National Cup fourth round fixture against Northampton Titans. This was a much more comfortable win for Hemel, whose improved defence and high intensity play led to an impressive score of 106-69.
Storm will next play on December 4 away against Essex Rebels, followed by either London Lions or Oakland Wolves in the National Cup quarterfinals.
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