VIDEO: Sadler was cool under pressure as Ipswich Basketball Club did battle with Derby Trailblazers

Ipswich Basketball v Deby Trail Blazers.
Ipswich Captain Tom Sadler in action.

Ipswich Basketball v Deby Trail Blazers. Ipswich Captain Tom Sadler in action. - Credit: Archant

Ipswich captain Tom Sadler said he felt no pressure as he stood on the free throw line with 12 seconds left at Copleston, with the chance to seal a crucial win for his side.

Sadler, who played the whole game and finished with 17 points and eight rebounds, calmly hit both to seal a huge victory.

“I’ve been in a lot of those situations,” he said. “I just tried to relax out there.

“It’s not the first time I’ve been in that situation and it won’t be the last.”

Sadler added: “This was massive for us. We spent hours this week breaking down tape – we’d done a great job preparing for them.

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“It was very physical and tiring out there, but I think our whole team did a great job – it was a real team effort. From now on, every game is going to be big – we’ve got a huge opportunity here.”

Guard Josh Johnson, who finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, echoed Sadler’s sentiments.

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“Every once in a while you play a game which defines your season, and this was it,” he said.“We knew what was at stake. If we had lost then our season was in the balance.

“Hopefully we can go forward now to where we want to be – and that’s to get in the top two and get promoted.

“This is the game that we’ll look back to at the end of the season and say it started there.”

- Leading scorers: Johnson 21, Sadler 17, Mascall-Wright 12, Dockrell 9, Greenan 8.

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