Panthers Flattened by Storm

Panthers Flattened by Storm

Panthers Flattened by Storm

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by noelrr

The Blacktown Storm have taken first honours in the 2012 Waratah Youth League competition, thrashing a depleted Penrith Panthers 91-51 on Sunday afternoon at the newly revamped Kevin Betts Stadium Mt Druitt. Basketball fans were certainly stunned as they walked into the Kevin Betts Stadium, with the former dingy funereal atmosphere replaced by a well-lit, sparkling venue, which was boasting an entirely new roof and refurbished floorboards. The stadium is now a showpiece for the Wheelchair Sports Association and opposing teams from those competitions and the able-bodied Waratah competitions will now relish the experience of playing at the Mt Druitt venue. The Storm certainly showed their appreciation for their new home court, out-running the Panthers from the opening whistle and never relenting as they breezed to a 40-point victory. The Panthers were admittedly missing Ben Kearins, Madol Chol, Laat Amat Gak and Ben Wagenfeller for this game but the Storm were also below strength, with three of their 'starting five' also missing from Blacktown's line-up on the day. Whilst Penrith fans can hold hopes their team will get considerably stronger at full strength, one can only imagine just how good the Storm will be at full strength, Storm head coach Greg Radford said "It was a good win but they were missing quite a few players". "However, we were also missing three of our starting five - Nico Ebilane, Mark Deriviere and Atem Agang - so I think we still did very well today". Radford undoubtedly has his team's sights set on going just one step further in 2012 and capturing the 2012 premiership crown, whilst Panthers head coach Steve Sardi will be hoping his team will rebound from this defeat and target a top six position and a berth in the playoffs. Sardi said "Unfortunately the boys must have enjoyed a late night out as they certainly didn't come to play". "We (Penrith) were not even close to playing as well as we did in Canberra (last week) - it was very disappointing - and if this was their standard - well then we have a problem as I will not accept it". "My (expected) standard is a lot higher". Blacktown Storm 91 (Petar Kuzmanovic 19 points, Jono Angeloudis 16, Jordan Kum Lom 14, Sam Brock 14) def Penrith Panthers 51 (Jarrod Sorrenson 13 points, Cameron Salmon 13, Cameron Harris 12) PHOTO: Krenz Carlos drives to the hoop against the Panthers - photo by Noel Rowsell - Apologies if the photo does not load, as the website administrator has not been able to resolve this issue.

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