Ipswich Basketball Club round-up: Three sides reach national quarter-finals

Ipswich's Rory Winter in action for the under 18s

Ipswich's Rory Winter in action for the under 18s - Credit: Archant

While the U13’s and Senior Men were away competing in their final playoff games this season, the U14 Girls began their playoff journey with a tough trip to Bucks Hornets, writes Arron MacDonald.

Ipswich's Rory Winter in action for the under 18s

Ipswich's Rory Winter in action for the under 18s - Credit: Archant

The hosts started the game on a 24-9 tear, with the guests showing some nerves, but they began eating into Hornets’ lead, cutting the deficit to 54-44 to end the third.

As Ipswich upped the intensity, Bucks began to struggle from the field, with the Suffolk side bringing it back to a one-point deficit with seconds remaining and Bowman-Boyles at the line.

As she connected with only one of two, the game went to overtime with Ipswich seizing the momentum with a 9-0 run to take the game 74-68. Beth Alexander (22), Ines Bowman-Boyles (14) and Esther Little (9) were leading scorers.

The U16 Girls travelled to Hatfield, where their defensive intensity was much for the hosts. Ipswich dominated the first half 36-19, extending to a comfortable 45-73 win, in which the full squad contributed on the court. Top scorers were Francis Musson (21), Jaz Tebbit (13) and Freya Cooney (10).

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The U16 Boys travelled to face London Thunder, who had topped their division. Thunder edged the first quarter by four, and extended their lead to 41-34 at the half. The hosts continued to edge away in the second, en-route to a 71-59 result which ends the season for the Suffolk side. Leading scorers were Jonny Hall (17), Ben Mobee (13) and Caleb Fuller (12).

The U18 Men had the only home game of the weekend, and the club’s last one of the season, hosting Newham Youngbloods in front of a large crowd. The visitors started brightly, but as Ipswich upped the defensive intensity in the second, the game edged to a tie, 32-32 at the half. In the second half, the Suffolk side built a buffer, sealing the win 76-70.

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Leading scorers were Mark James (27), Rory Winter (25 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists) and Wes Flaherty (12 points, 9 rebounds, 6 blocks).

The U14 and U16 Girls and U18 Men now proceed to the National Quarter finals, with away games for all of them in Manchester.

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