Hemel Storm produced two dominant performances at the weekend, beating Medway Park Crusaders 81-61 at Sportspace on Saturday before defeating Leicester Warriors 82-60 the following day.
The winning weekend puts Storm into the third round of the National Cup, and qualifies them for the National Trophy quarter-finals.
Another packed crowd at Sportspace saw a fired-up Hemel – led by 20 points from guard Bode Adeluola – produce an opening quarter that rocked the visitors, and a three-pointer from captain Simon Kearney gave them a 27-15 lead at the first break.
Crusaders tried to contain the inside threat posed by Hemel’s 7ft international centre Zak Wells and back-up 6ft 9ins Tom Adorian but this left gaps for forwards Walid Mumuni and Williamz Omope to exploit.
By half-time the home team had added four points to their margin and controlled the rest of the game without ever looking threatened.
Storm then travelled to Leicester on Sunday and built on the previous night’s performance.
The home team could not handle Wells’ powerful inside play and he finished as Storm’s leading scorer with 22 points.
Throughout the contest, Leicester struggled to create clear scoring opportunities and were made to work for every basket.
“I think the most pleasing aspect of the weekend from an offensive standpoint was that over the two games our top three scorers were different players which shows the depth and versatility of our squad,” said Hemel head coach Steve Darlow.
“But we also held two Division One opponents to 61 and 60 points respectively and that takes a real effort and commitment at the defensive end.
“You’ve always got a chance to win when you’re able to control an opponent.”
Storm have another double-header weekend ahead. On Saturday they’re back at Sportspace, tip-off 7pm for the start of their National League Division One campaign against Medway Park Crusaders.
On Sunday they make the short trip to Brentwood to take on Essex Leopards in the third round of the National Cup. Tickets for Saturday’s home game are available at www.stormbasketball.net