Storm's Matt shows his class again
A STELLAR performance by American import Matt Gwynne proved crucial as Swansea Storm showed their class to blow out Barry Huskies Seconds and knock them out of the Welsh Basketball Cup.
This results means that all three senior Storm teams have progressed to the second round of the cup.
Swansea were missing some key players for this match due to injuries and suspension. But a season-high 41-point display by Gwynne proved the difference between the two sides as Swansea went on to win 106-79.
In addition, key scores were made by Storm shooting guards Rob Kinner and Callum Sharma, who combined for a total of 36 points, including 10 three-point shots.
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This result was a much-needed boost for the team after suffering an agonising two-point overtime defeat in the league at the hands of RCT Gladiators.
Meanwhile, Swansea Storm Thirds began their league campaign at Rhondda Jets and claimed a 68-49 win.
The Jets began the game with confidence, exploiting Storm's defence at every opportunity.
Storm struggled to score in the first half but played with high intensity, pushing the tempo which was clearly taking its toll on the Jets team.
Swansea managed to finish the half just three points down.
Storm maintained their tenacious defence going into the second half and with fine offensive contributions from Richie Harrison, Anthony Rowe and Dave Thomas, outscored the Jets 22-11 in the quarter.
Storm started the fourth quarter eight points up and continued to build on it thanks to four steals by Simone Cuomo, who finished the game with ten points. His spirit inspired the Swansea team and saw him named the most valuable player.