Ipswich Basketball Club round-up: Youngsters hit the road

Esther Little in action

Esther Little in action - Credit: Archant

With only one junior home game all weekend, Ipswich Basketball Club’s youngsters travelled far and wide in their bid to add to the club’s win tally.

A trio of teams headed to the Thunderdome to face London Thunder Lewisham, starting with coach Colin Dockrell’s U14 Boys’ I, who battled to a 32-24 half-time deficit, before a big third quarter from Thunder swung the game their way, resulting in a 62-46 loss.

Coach Adam Robinson praised the professionalism of his unbeaten side, who trounced Thunder 133-13, with good performances from the U16 girls stepping-up.

Maya Price led the way with 38 points, supported by the perimeter attack from Jess Baker (30) and Frances Musson (23).

The U16 Boys bounced-back from a four-game skid to snatch a 70-65 win against Thunder, who started the game on a 9-0 run.

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Lewis Tebbit (19), Veron (16) and Ben Winter (11) led the scoring, while Ethan Price anchored the defence for coach Arron MacDonald’s side with a 15 rebound, 11 block double-double.

Coach Hayley Rigby’s side were “cursed with injuries” against Northants Lightning, as having battled their way back to a 20-20 tie at the half, their hosts edged away to a 50-38 result. Susannah Rafiu (16), Millie Pearson (7) and Emily Boddy (6) led the scoring.

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Coach Syd Payne’s U14 Boys’ II travelled to Bucks Hornets, where all 12 players made a strong contribution in a 43 -38 win, which left the coach beaming about the progress being made by his side.

Joe Thomas (9), Luke Jacobs Da Silva (8), Ben Michaels/Elliot Hawes (6) led the scoring for Ipswich.

Coach Dave Girling’s U18 Men’s team also travelled to Bucks and came away with a comfortable 72-51 win to nudge them ahead of Hornets in the table.

Coach Amy Linton’s U16 Girls’ side were the lone home team for the weekend, as they welcomed West Herts Warriors to Copleston, and held their guests to under 15 points in three of the four quarters, in a hard-fought 69-58 win.

Esther Little led the way with 25 points, supported by Ella Pearson (11) and Cameron Taylor-Willis (8)

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