Plymouth Storm sailed to victory against Thames Valley Kings on first quarter lead.

After a journey that provided to be a bit of a nightmare at the weekend due to road closures, The Kings faced Plymouth Storm although they started well with Peter Rapley winning the Tip off for Kings however Storm become a force to be reckoned with  scoring the first basket and not missing at all in the first quarter, however Kings were not so lucky only managing to score one basket from Rapley.  Storm had sailed ahead Kings 2 – 22 Storm.

Kings were not to be defeated by this and had not spent nearly 5 hours travelling to South Devon for the match to be a white-wash.  Kings went out hard for the final 10 minutes of the half and it was end to end play as they matched Storm scoring with Reece Barker scoring points for Kings with blocks from Greg Rose and Assists from Joe Humphreys – both teams adding 12 points to take the score 14-34.

Kings return to the floor after half time aiming to carry on the good game play that they had in the second quarter adding a further 11 points to the tally from Joe Humphreys, Peter Rapley and Vickie Simmonds to leave the tie – 25-46 after 3 quarters.

The fourth period saw Storm score 14 points to Kings 12 with the points coming from Joe Humphreys and Reece Barker.  If the game had been over the last 3 quarters it would have been very evenly matched with Storm edging the  Kings 35-38  however The Storm early lead in the first quarter gave Storm a comfortable lead which they held to the end,  Kings played well but were unable to make up the points difference. The game finished Kings 37 – 60  Plymouth Storm.

Captain Wayne Burton stated

“Well done to the guys for working as hard as you could against a very strong opposition making it double hard for us to get anywhere near their basket. – Keep your heads up”

Tony Hiller

Technical and Digital Experience Manager for Kennet Radio.

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