Video: Ipswich Basketball Club claw Brixton Topcats to stay unbeaten
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EBL Division Two Ipswich 79 Brixton Topcats 67 Ipswich maintained their 100% start to the season with a comfortable win over basketball powerhouse Brixton Topcats.
The Suffolk side opened with a 9-2 run to establish their hold on the game and while Brixton made several runs in each quarter they could never quite do enough to catch Ipswich.
Ipswich, behind a balanced attack, took a 22-19 lead into the break at the end of the first quarter.
In the second the home side used some excellent defence, led by Jacob Lloyd who sacrificed his body several times to make plays for his team, to hold their opponents to just 10 points in the period.
At the other end of the floor the team went about extending their lead with some great ball movement as Leigh Greenan began to assert his usual dominance. Ipswich took a 36-29 lead into half-time.
In the third, Ipswich extended their lead into double figures as Nick Sims got in on the scoring act with a pair of threes.
However, some lapses in concentration and poor defence again allowed their opponents back into the game.
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Although Ipswich won the quarter by a single point, Brixton were close enough to make a game of it in the fourth quarter. Going into the final period Ipswich led 53-45.
The fourth quarter was about Ipswich finding that top gear that was needed to close the game out, and they did it in some style. Brixton brought the game within three points and held the momentum, but a huge steal and three-point play from Josh Johnson got the team back on track, extending the lead to six.
Then came the games defining moment. Brixton’s number 11 Lusiani was called for an unsportsmanlike foul on Ipswich’s 18-year-old guard Sam Newman, and was then ejected for what appeared to be an attempt to slap Newman.
Ipswich were awarded four free throws and possession.
Newman cooly sank all four free throws and then from the resulting possession nailed a long three pointer, making it seven points for the youngster in the space of five seconds.
For good measure, after Brixton’s next offence Newman collected the outlet, attacked his defender and knocked down the jump shot to make it a quite phenomenal nine points in 15 seconds, more importantly extending Ipswich lead from six to 15 in the process. Brixton would make a three point shot on the buzzer to reduce the deficit to 12 but in truth, despite never pulling away enough to make it a blow out, Ipswich were always in control of this game.
Newman became the fourth different Ipswich player to top score in the league this season with 21 points while Josh Johnson, pictured left, was again excellent with 17.
Elsewhere, big Leigh Greenan collected 16 points and 16 rebounds.
Ipswich now host fellow unbeatens the Lancashire Spinners this Saturday at Copleston (4.30pm tip-off) in another important early season clash.
Head coach Nick Drane said: “It’s another win, a solid performance and there were some moments in that game that gave the crowd their money’s worth. However, the two other undefeated teams also won, so while we can each enjoy victory we must not get over-excited and need to be thinking about next weekend.
“Lancashire will be tough – their rise through the leagues has been similar to ours, so it’s going to be a good battle.”