Ipswich Basketball Club round-up: Under 16 boys make it three on the bounce
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Coach Hayley Rigby’s Under-14 girls triumphed against Brentwood Fire, winning 78-67.
After a great start in the first quarter, Ipswich were able to keep a lead throughout the game.
“Even though there are some things that definitely need to be improved, the players are moving from strength to strength and have shown real development in their skills, competitiveness and game play,” said a pleased coach Rigby.
“After two good wins, we are looking forward to our game against Northamptonshire on Saturday, who we narrowly lost to in our previous tie.”
Cameron Taylor-Willis top-scored with 26, Susannah Rafiu added 21, and Makenna Williams scored nine.
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Coach Arron MacDonald’s under-16 boys made it three wins on the bounce with a 97-81 win over Oaklands Wolves.
A six-minute 28-5 run to end the first quarter put the Blues in control and they never looked back. Ipswich excelled in sharing the ball in this win and demonstrated that with their balanced scoring output, Lewis Tebbit led the scoring with 22, while Ben Winter, Veron and Ethan Price added 20-apiece.
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There was another win for Dave Girling’s Under-18 boys, as Ben Mobee and Jonny Hall powered Ipswich past visiting East Herts Royals.
This was a very close game – apart from the first quarter, which Ipswich took 21-4 to establish a commanding lead from which the visitors never recovered. The final margin was 87-66.
The Under-16 girls had two games this weekend, with mixed fortunes. On Saturday, coach Amy Linton’s team came away with a solid 15-point win against Sevenoaks Suns, led by Ella Pearson’s 17 points as well as 11 from Esther Little and seven by Kenzie Day.
“Although this game might not make a difference to our position within the table, it shows just how competitive we are as a team. Over the last few weeks we have played the best games of basketball that I’ve seen from this team.”
Unfortunately, the back-to-back games took their toll on the under-16s, who came away with a 73-42 defeat against Southend Swifts.
Little led with 13 points, Pearson added 10 and Emily Baker scored eight.
Also on Sunday, coach Adam Robinson’s understrength Under-18 girls team lost to Sevenoaks, 93-45. Frances Musson led the way with 14 points and Maya Price had ten, but the team had several injuries to key players and couldn’t overcome these against a solid Suns side.
Coach Colin Dockrell’s Under-14s headed into the Christmas break with a very encouraging performance. The team went down by seven points, 55-48 to a visiting Richmond Knights team who beat them by 55 earlier in the season. Ipswich displayed their vastly improved defense and communication.