HEMEL Storm made it seven wins in a row with two victories over the weekend.
After squeezing past London Eastside by six points in a Patrons Cup pool game on Saturday, the side put in a superb defensive effort on Sunday to contain a powerful and athletic Birmingham Mets squad.
They eventually won by 22 points in the second round National Cup clash in front of a near-capacity crowd at Sportspace.
In their first game – led by 26 points from the impressive Tom Frederick – Storm fought back from a five point half-time deficit to overhaul Eastside in the third quarter, and then survived a revival by the Londoners to hang on for the 89-83 win.
On Sunday, Storm edged each of the first two quarters and took a six-point lead into the locker room at 42-36.
In an efficient, committed and crowd-pleasing third quarter, Storm built on their lead – holding the visitors to 14 points while all five Storm players who started the second half contributed to a 24-point haul.
Some defensive lapses early in the fourth quarter brought a time-out from coach Dave Titmuss, but Storm re-grouped and controlled the final period as three-pointers from captain Simon Kearney and Andy Harper pushed the lead out to 20 points and secured the 89-67 win.