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Jonny Hall leads Ipswich to comeback win over London Westside

27 November, 2017 - 12:51
Jonny Hall had a huge game for Ipswich in their win over London Westside. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Jonny Hall had a huge game for Ipswich in their win over London Westside. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Pavel.Kricka@btinternet.com

NBL Division Two

Ipswich 94

London Westside 80

Jonny Hall erupted for 24 second-half points and powered Ipswich to their third home victory of the season as the Suffolk side saw off London Westside.

Cameron Hawes brings the ball up court for Ipswich in their win over London Westside. Picture: PAVEL KRICKACameron Hawes brings the ball up court for Ipswich in their win over London Westside. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Head coach John Ellis’ side shrugged off an inconsistent first half to control the second half of the contest.

Coming off a tough overtime defeat at Essex Leopards last weekend, Ipswich made the brighter start, with 12 points from guard Cameron Hawes helping the hosts leap out to an early 23-8 lead before Westside pegged the gap back to 11 by the end of the first quarter.

A blistering stretch of shooting in the second quarter from visiting guards Hans Manku and Levi Edwards propelled Westside on a huge run, and pushed them ahead by 10 within five minutes.

Rabi Rai then led Ipswich’s counter-attack with three three-pointers in the quarter.

Colin Dockrell and Ben Winter added important baskets to help the hosts reach half-time back on top, with a four-point lead.

Hall was coming off a quiet first half, but demonstrated some of the form he has been showing for Ipswich Basketball Academy in the EABL this season during a second half where he dominated Westside’s frontcourt.

Theo Deleligne scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half but none of his Westside team-mates added more than six after the break, and it was Ipswich’s improved defence which built the platform for the victory.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Ellis’ side, who climb to sixth place in NBL Division II.

Ipswich's Rabi Rai drives at the Westside defence. Picture: PAVEL KRICKAIpswich's Rabi Rai drives at the Westside defence. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

“After the overtime defeat last week, where we played incredibly in the second half against all the odds to erase a 20-point deficit, it was extremely important that we kept our momentum today,” said Ellis.

“Our fantastic crowd got right behind us and watching Jonny dominate like that always gets them in the game.

“We’re showing we have a number of match-winning performers in our squad and that is a good place to be.”

Hall finished with 29 points and 16 rebounds; Rai added 19 and Hawes 17 for Ipswich. Manku scored 21 for Westside.

Ipswich Town fans saluted club legend Kevin Beattie with a minute’s applause at tonight’s match against Brentford.

Hundreds of knives have been taken off the streets of Ipswich in the shadow of a series of stabbings.

Ipswich’s railway station has been named the best large station in the country at the National Rail Awards.

A shoplifter who told a security officer and two other members of staff at a Suffolk store that she had AIDS after biting them has been jailed for 21 months.

A woman was left trapped following a collision with another car and an electricity pole in Sudbury.

A new supermarket chain is set to join Ransomes Europark in Ipswich, as a unit empty for seven years is finally getting a new lease of life.

The family of Ipswich Town legend Kevin Beattie have today thanked friends and fans for their outpouring of ‘amazing love and support’ since his sudden death.

Suffolk is being warned to expect high winds and a significant dip in temperatures as we near the weekend, marking the start of the real autumnal weather.

A mother has spoken of the torment caused by trespassers who snuck onto her property, moved security lights and lurked in the dead of night.

Tributes have been paid to Ipswich sports shop owner Malcolm Marriott, who has died after a lifetime of running shops in the heart of the town centre.

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