Ipswich Basketball Club round-up: Jonny Hall suffers broken wrist in victory
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Jonny Hall led the Under-18 Men to a comfortable 82-33 victory over Cambridge Cats, but paid a high price for doing so as he suffered a suspected broken wrist in a fall following a fast-break dunk.
With Dave Girling’s men having already lost captain Tom Brown to an ankle injury, the remaining six players battled hard defensively, keeping Cambridge to only 20 points in the final three quarters.
“Fitness and pace was the key to our win today. We mixed it up defensively and caused Cambridge a whole host of problems,” said assistant coach Noel Lambert.
Ben Mobee and Blake Read finished with 17 points apiece.
The Under-14 Girls edged an incredibly close game at Brentwood Fire, holding on for a 52-51 victory.
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This game was definitely a game of two halves. Although Ipswich never lost the lead, the fourth quarter proved difficult for the Suffolk side, who fought to victory despite being depleted through injuries and illness
“As a team we needed to win this game to secure 3rd in our league and whilst we need to improve massively on our offence, I really couldn’t fault how the girls played defence and showed their fighting spirit,” said coach Hayley Rigby. “Even if all the supporters did age 10 years in the process!”
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Top scorers were Susannah Rafiu with 17, Annika Brown with 12, and six from Abbie York.
Ipswich’s Under-16 Girls went down 69-47 after making the long trip north to Manchester Mystics. Esther Little had 27 points and Cameron Taylor Willis added 13.
Ipswich started the game fighting at both ends of the court and finished the first quarter just trailing by 3. Unfortunately losing the second quarter by 11 through a lot of turnovers put the girls behind by 14 at half time and although they still fought all the way to the end, they never managed to claw back the deficit they created. The result leaves Amy Linton’s side needing a win in next week’s matchup with Sevenoaks Suns to advance to the playoffs.
Elsewhere, there were losses for both Under-14s Boys’ sides earlier on Saturday.