HTS Storm 97 – 37 St Thomas the Apostle Sixth Form College

With just one game left before the Christmas break, HTS Storm powered past St Thomas the Apostle College with a dominant 97-37 victory at home.

An incredible start for the hosts saw them lead 19-0 midway through the first quarter, with a quick nine points personal from Cameron Hildreth. STAC got on the board towards the end of the period when Joel Chigbo found his rhythm, scoring all seven of his team’s first quarter points.

The onslaught continued in the second quarter and, after back-to-back dunks from Brandon Laryea, Storm held a comfortable 38-9 lead. It was more of the same as the second stanza continued, with the game all but over by half-time when HTS boasted a 50-15 lead.

The second half gave opportunity for the hosts to try out some different defences and learn on the fly, although STAC put up a better effort – almost matching their entire first half scoring in the third quarter alone. HTS continued to pile on the points as their tally ballooned, up 73-29 as the contest headed into the final period.

The fourth quarter saw HTS guard Findlay Mitchell come to life scoring nine of his team-high 18 in the period, as he helped Storm cruise to a final score of 97-37. The victory sees HTS improve to 12-0 on the season, firmly atop the Southern Conference standings.

HTS guard Cameron Hildreth spoke positively of his team’s consistency after the game, saying “I liked the way we stayed aggressive throughout the game, committing to a high level of play.”

Findlay Mitchell’s 18 points led the balanced Storm effort as he was supported by 16 from Josh Otor, while a quiet second half saw Cameron Hildreth add 15. The high-flying Brandon Laryea chipped in 12, while 11 and 10 from Abdou Gaye and Matt Aziamale, respectively, rounded out the double digit scorers. STAC were led by 22 points from Joel Chigbo, while Kofi Oppong chipped in seven for the visitors.

Wednesday 18th December will see HTS Storm travel to third place Harris City Academy Crystal Palace to round out their 2019 schedule, while STAC will play host to King Henry in their final action before the Christmas break.