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Ipswich want to create a sea of blue and a wall of noise when they battle for a place in the semi-finals of the National Basketball League Division 2 play-offs on Saturday.

Ipswich Under-16 Girls registered a commanding 99-49 over Portsmouth City to advance to the national quarter-finals.

Ipswich Men will face London Westside in the first round of the NBL Division Two play-offs, after the Westminster-based club beat local rivals London Pioneers this weekend.

Jonny Hall led the Under-18 Men to a comfortable 82-33 victory over Cambridge Cats, but paid a high price for doing so as he suffered a suspected broken wrist in a fall following a fast-break dunk.

NBL Division Two

Ipswich 118

Newham Neptunes 82

Ipswich signed off their regular-season campaign in style as Luke Mascall-Wright’s huge first half led to the whole team catching fire after the break and relegated Newham were unable to cope.

National League Division II

Ipswich Basketball 62 Kent Crusaders 66

London Greenhouse Pioneers 64 Ipswich Basketball 91

John Ellis has been appointed as head coach of Ipswich Basketball Club’s senior men’s team, from next season.

There were big wins and big losses alike for Ipswich’s junior sides this weekend.

Ipswich Basketball were stunned by a late comeback from relegation candidates Doncaster Eagles on Saturday, as the hosts rallied from seven down in the final quarter to take a precious victory, in National League Division Two.

Coach Hayley Rigby’s U14 Girls side were the curtain-raiser for the senior men, and had a growing crowd as their game against Norfolk Iceni wore on.

NBL Division Two

Ipswich 98

Tees Valley Mohawks 77

Leigh Greenan returned to full fitness and duly exploded for 29 points and 13 rebounds as Ipswich turned on the style and turned up the pressure to beat Tees Valley Mohawks at Copleston on Saturday.

While the Senior Men were on their travels, Copleston played host to an Ipswich Basketball junior triple-header on Saturday.

NBL Division Two

Nottingham Hoods 73

Ipswich 74

Four crunch-time free-throws from Tom Sadler and a huge defensive possession by Edson Ferreira gave Ipswich a last-second victory on the road against Nottingham Hoods.

Inspire Suffolk recently played host to a full day of boys and girls county basketball finals at under 12, under 14 and under 16 level.

Ipswich’s under-18 Girls secured a comfortable 91-33 victory over London Lewisham Thunder.

NBL Division Two

Liverpool 60

Ipswich 75

For the first time this season, Ipswich Basketball can lay claim to a winning record, after a second win over Liverpool in the space of a week.

Coach Adam Robinson’s under-18 Girls beat Southend Swifts 78-47.

NBL Division Two

Ipswich 76

Liverpool 62

Ipswich made it three wins in four games with a solid 76-62 victory against a strong Liverpool side in front of well over 200 spectators at Copleston on Saturday.

In a week where the Ipswich Basketball Academy were crowned National Champions in the men’s 3-on-3 competition, several of the future stars of the Academy shone for the club.

NBL Division Two

Derby Arrows 66

Ipswich 75

Ipswich Basketball repelled a second-half comeback to beat hosts Derby Arrows on Saturday, recording their first win of 2017.

NBL Division Two

Thames Valley 100

Ipswich 91

Ipswich Basketball came away from “the most-challenging fixture” of their season with a nine-point loss, as they re-started their National League Division Two campaign following the Christmas break.

Saturday’s home game for the under-18 boys, against Milton Keynes Trojans, proved to be almost a carbon copy of the previous meeting between these two sides, with the margin of victory this time for Ipswich ending at 22 points, 67-45.

Nick Drane’s overriding emotion will be pride when he steps down as first-team coach of Ipswich Basketball.

Ipswich Basketball Club’s Nick Drane is stepping down from his role as first-team coach, when the season ends in March.

NBL Division Two

Newham 77

Ipswich 96

Ipswich Basketball Club saw out 2016 in victorious fashion, 96-77, as they put away Newham Neptunes in a fourth-quarter rout, having already built and then lost a 15-point lead.

Coach Hayley Rigby’s Under-14 girls triumphed against Brentwood Fire, winning 78-67.

Ipswich Basketball head coach Nick Drane has criticised the decision to deny the sport any funding for the Tokyo Olympics, saying it feels like “no-one cares”.

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