Storm edged out by high-flying Bristol in exciting clash

Storm centre Tom Adorian scores a jump shot. Picture by Linda Banks.
Storm centre Tom Adorian scores a jump shot. Picture by Linda Banks.

Hemel Storm 88
 Bristol Flyers 94

Hemel Storm came close to pulling off an upset against the undefeated Bristol Flyers at Sportspace on Saturday but were eventually beaten by just six points.

Only a handful of points separated the teams throughout a high quality contest, but in the end Bristol’s better shooting success rate was the difference.

Storm trailed 22-18 at the first quarter break as Bristol’s Mostapha Alfaki hit consecutive three-pointers.

In the second quarter, Storm top-scorer Drew Spinks and guard Bode Adeluola combined to finish some excellent Hemel team-work to keep their side in contention and go into the locker room at half-time just five points adrift at 46-41.

Neither team could make a decisive break in the second half and Bristol edged the third period by one point, while the fourth was drawn 25-all.

Mark Lloyd, who recently took over from Storm’s director of coaching Dave Titmuss as the club’s senior team head coach, said: “We have to put things in perspective,

“Bristol is a long-established Division One club with the resources to bring in non-British players.

“In only our first season in the top flight, we are proving that we can compete.

“They shot at a 55 per cent success rate and we were 45 per cent – that’s the difference.”

Storm have a busy weekend ahead with two games at Sportspace, against Brixton on Saturday and Bristol on Sunday.