Hemel Storm 76 London Pioneers 66
The Hemel Storm U16s have made it through to the quarter-finals of the national championships after fighting back to beat a powerful London Pioneers squad on Sunday afternoon.
The Storm youngsters gave themselves a lot of work to do and found themselves trailing 26-12 after the first quarter as they struggled against the London team’s full-court pressing defence.
However, the Hemel young guns regrouped and by the end of the third period the deficit was down to 53-47.
Storm then took the lead courtesy of a Jack Burnell three-pointer and the Hemel side dominated the final period – holding their opponents to just 13 points while pouring in 29 themselves.
The Storm juniors will now play Nottingham in the last-eight of the competition at the weekend.
Storm head coach Jon Burnell said: “I’m really proud of how we fought back from a really tough first quarter, the lads showed a lot of character.
“We’re in only the second year of our youth programme at the club so this is a fantastic achievement – we’re in the top-eight in the country with a chance to win a national championship.”
Hamadee Taousi top-scored for Storm against the Pioneers with 24 points, while Burnell scored 18 points and Nick Allin bagged 16.