Gutsy Hemel Storm fight back to end the season in style

Hemel Storm's Bode Adeluola netted a last-gasp winner for Hemel Storm against Derby Trailblazers.

Hemel Storm's Bode Adeluola netted a last-gasp winner for Hemel Storm against Derby Trailblazers.

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Hemel Storm 94
 Derby Trailblazers 93

Hemel Storm produced a sensational comeback against Derby Trailblazers to win their last National League Division One game of the season in overtime.

Storm trailed by 19 points in the second half as their usually dependable offence misfired and their defence allowed Derby shooters Martin Gayle and American Nick Rose too much space.

But with five minutes left on the clock, a determined Storm went on a stunning 19-6 run to take the lead for the first time at 73-72.

And the match was finally sent into overtime with the scores tied at 82-all after Hemel captain Simon Kearney hit a jump shot in the last few seconds.

Things looked bleak for Hemel when Derby’s 7ft 1ins centre Kingsley Okoroh put the visitors 93-88 ahead in the extra period with less than a minute left.

But Storm held their opponents for the remainder of the game and, with a few seconds on the clock, Bode Adeluola drove inside the Derby defence to clinch victory with an arching shot over the outreached hand of the giant Okoroh.

Hemel director of coaching Dave Titmuss said: “It was a great way to finish our first season in Division One – playing in front of a packed home crowd and coming back to win in the last seconds of overtime.

“We’ll be back even stronger next season.”