HTS Storm 79 – 62 Northfleet Tech College

After a two week hiatus caused by half-term, HTS Storm returned to action by picking up where they left off with another impressive victory – moving to 5-0 with a 79-62 home win over Northfleet Technology College.

HTS came out of the blocks in fine form behind four three-pointers from Cameron Hildreth, which forced Northfleet Coach Martin Parry to call a time out, trailing 16-2. Northfleet began to find some rhythm on offence to complete the quarter, but it was Storm who would end the first with a 28-13 lead. With a solid but not insurmountable advantage, Northfleet were buoyed by Owen Longman knocking down a buzzer-beating triple to give them some momentum heading into the second, on his way to finishing the game with a team-high 20 points.

Hildreth continued to dominate as his 21st point of the game gave HTS a 42-20 lead with six minutes to go in the half. The remainder of the half was more closely contested, but the hosts would enjoy a heavy 52-27 lead at the half time break.

Coach Parry used all 10 minutes of the break in the locker room to rally his troops, and as his team walked into the court the second half began. Whatever he said, he certainly had an impact as Northfleet sparked a 9-0 run to begin the third, before scores from Matt Aziamale and Cameron Hildreth responded to put an end to the run. The teams went blow-for-blow, trading baskets for large stretches, until Bence Szilvagyi’s triple gave the hosts the 68-48 lead that they would take into the final stanza.

The fourth quarter was a scrappy affair for both teams who recorded the lowest scoring quarter of the contest. At one point the visitors hit back-to-back three-pointers to close the gap to 73-60, but that was the closest it got as time expired with HTS Storm taking a 79-62 victory.

Leading the way for HTS was Cameron Hildreth with a game high 31, while contributions from all players meant an even spread in support. Bence Szilvagyi added 10 points, while Matt Aziamale contributed nine points as they provided the key sparks off the bench for the hosts. Northfleet’s Owen Longman knocked down three triples on his way to a team-high 20 points, while teammates Harry Earley and Evan Longman chipped in with 13 and 10 respectively.

Next week sees HTS Storm travel to The John Roan School, while Northfleet return to Kent to play host to St Thomas the Apostle College.