HTS Storm 79 – 58 Sir Robert Woodard Academy

HTS Storm moved to 9-0 on the season after a comfortable 79-58 home victory over SRWA Bears. The hosts led 19-8 after the first quarter despite a frigid start to the contest, missing six of their first seven free throw attempts.

The defensive pressure throughout the game caused numerous turnovers leading to easy scores. Back-to-back dunks in the second quarter from Brandon Laryea was quickly followed by a cheeky up-and-under by Abdou Gaye that forced SRWA Coach Gary Smith into a timeout. The Storm lead had been stretched to 16, as the home side were doubling up the SRWA point tally, 32-16.

By the half-time break, HTS Storm led 42-21 with all nine active players getting on the scoresheet.

With a number of games played in recent weeks, and plenty more coming up, HTS rotated players throughout and welcomed the slow pace of the game set by the SRWA zone defence. The Storm lead peaked at 30 in the third quarter, before SRWA found some form in the fourth. This was the visitors’ strongest quarter, winning 22-15, but by this point the game was already decided.

Abdou Gaye led HTS with 18 points on 8/11 shooting while adding 5 rebounds. Brandon Laryea supported 14 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks. Bence Szilvagyi chipped in 12 points, while Josh Otor finished with 10 points and 9 rebounds and 4 steals. SRWA were led by 19 points from Lewis Francis, while William Slater was the only other player to hit double figures as he added 13 points.

HTS Storm are back in action next Wednesday with a trip to The Norwood School, while SRWA return home to host Northfleet Technology College.