Hemel Storm spellbound by Manchester Magic in awayday defeat

Hemel Storm's Tom Adorian was man of the match against Manchester Magic. Picture (c) Lin Titmuss
Hemel Storm's Tom Adorian was man of the match against Manchester Magic. Picture (c) Lin Titmuss

Hemel Storm could not hold on to a half-time lead as they were beaten 82-65 by Manchester Magic on Saturday.

Things started well for Storm as they ran up an early 7-2 lead which they increased to 12-5 half way through the first quarter – with all five starters putting points on the board.

At the end of the first period, Hemel led 18-13 with Tom Adorian in magnificent form with seven points and five rebounds.

A three-pointer from Bode Adeluola edged Hemel out to a 25-18 lead three minutes into the second period but Manchester clawed the deficit back to 39-34 at half-time.

The hosts levelled things up within four minutes and a series of four consecutive missed shots by Storm enabled Magic to open a seven-point lead going into the final quarter.

Manchester started the final period in style and opened up a 14-point lead and, although Hemel pulled it back to seven with five minutes left, the hosts took control to ease to victory.