|Posted by THE BOSS on April 21, 2015 at 5:30 AM|
Old Boys took their fourth 1st Division opponents of this Trophy campaign close in the semi-final, but were undone by a dreadful third quarter. With our 7-point starting advantage Andy got our first score in the D to go 9-0, but Storm hit straight back with their own inside score and the first of four triples in the first quarter. Abe scored three inside buckets, while Andy got one more and Keenan and Rahquon got one apiece to see us end the quarter four up at 21-17.
They pegged our lead to just 2 with a made pair to start the second period, but Abe restored it to 4 with another strong move after Andy was twice fouled and, unusually for him, missed both pairs of bonus shots. Like everyone in the game, he struggled with the glare from the huge window directly behind the backboard, but managed to make the first of his third pair straight after. Storm scored two more buckets on the break to cut our lead to a single point, but Pete hit a corner three and then faked another before driving to the basket where he was fouled. The glare caused him to miss the first but he made the second to restore a five-point lead before Storm cut it to three again. At our defensive end Jamie bravely took a big hit on a charge to win a foul and then came back up the court to feed to Pete to hit another timely three-pointer, from top left of the arc this time, on the next offense to stretch the lead to 6. Then Andy swished a J from the free-throw line extended and Abe made the first of a pair in the 9th. In reply in this spell Storm made 3 of 6 from the line and an inside bucket at the end to tie the quarter on 13 each, still leaving us 4 up.
Rahquon got the first score in the first minute of the second half to take us back to 6 ahead, but then we failed to score again until another corner triple from Pete in the 9th minute, with Abe and Tony both missing a pair at the line because of the glare from the narrower – but still significant – window directly behind the other board. Our cause also took a hit from an uncharacteristic on-court argument in this 7-minute scoreless spell. Meanwhile, Storm wrestled back control of the game by adding steadily to their total for a game-changing period of 17-5 to them and an 8-point cushion going into the fourth quarter.
They scored first to stretch it to 10, but Rahquon and Abe pulled back 4 points for us down low. Then their MVP, Powell, hit his 4th triple of the game, but Keenan came straight back with his first trey to keep us in the chase. Morris scored a J for them, then Tony drove strong on a break, was fouled, and made the 2nd of the pair before driving again off Pete’s assist on the next offense and scoring a difficult lay-up under pressure to cut their lead to 5. They scored a bucket and one of a pair in the 6th, and then Tony split another pair when fouled on another strong drive. Morris hit another three for them – their 6th of the game – before Rahquon hit back with another score from the post. Without sunglasses for the glare Abe missed another pair on Fox’s 4th foul, while they did a little better to make 2 out of 3 from our line. Pete was fouled on another corner three attempt, but could only swish the middle of the three charity shots. We were back in the hunt again straight after, though, when Keenan hit his 2nd triple of the game to put us just six points away, but they replied with a bucket and 3 of 5 from the line – including a T with possession – to stretch it even further to 11. Pete scored a long two from the corner off Rahquon’s fast-break assist in the 10th, but the game was up, even before they made the second of another pair in the last seconds to win by 10 at 68-58.
Storm played some good basketball in offense and did very well in defence to subdue most of our usual scorers. Every Old Boy put in a good shift in our 3-2 and 2-1-2 zones but, with the hindsight glasses on, perhaps we should have showed them the pumped-up, aggressive man-for-man that helped get us to the semi-final in the first place.
Scorers: Radford 13 (MVP), Ahmed 11, Lawrence 8, Chambers 8, Broughton 7, Kissoon 4.