Storm vow to hit back after first loss



THE Rous Hotel Lismore Storm lost for the first time in NSW State League basketball Division 1 men's fourth-round action at the weekend.

After coming from behind to defeat the Grafton Vikings two weeks ago in Lismore, the Vikings came out this time with plenty of venom in attack and defence to win 66-48.

The Storm did not show the composure necessary to weather the early assault and with the team's big man, Scott Batchelor, injuring a knee, the Storm quickly fell to a half-time deficit of 24 points.

A re-focused Storm squad entered the third period with a determination that had been missing.

An exciting quarter, punctuated by great efforts from Gabriel Makur and Marty Smith, proved to the Storm that they could match it with the Grafton Vikings.

A positive fourth quarter with strong contributions coming from Dom Breslin and Tom Knell enabled the Storm to bring the deficit back to 18 points.

Coach Michael Anderson was disappointed with the outcome but felt that with some additional work in key areas coupled with the strong performance the team displayed in the second half, the Storm would bounce back for the upcoming road trip to Tamworth to face the Thunderbolts on May 5.

The Storm will host its next home games on May 12 and 13 against Taree and Port Macquarie at the Lismore Basketball Stadium.



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