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Ipswich Basketball Club round-up: Price leads Under-18 Boys to win

PUBLISHED: 16:40 11 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:40 11 December 2017

Ethan Price led the Under-18 Boys to victory. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Ethan Price led the Under-18 Boys to victory. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

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Ethan Price scored 15 points, Blake Read added 13 and Matt Spurling tallied 11 as the Under-18 Boys claimed a 68-61 win over a depleted Milton Keynes Trojans, writes Rob Schatten.

“We made hard work of everything we did and allowed the opposition to dictate the pace of the game, far from our best display,” said coach Noel Lambert, whose side have played just two games in the last five weeks.

The Under-16 Girls pulled away early to secure a 59-43 win over Nottingham.

Ipswich looked promising at the end of the first quarter by gaining a 20-4 lead, but Nottingham brought the game back within five points by half time.

After a high intensity third quarter from the Ipswich side, the hosts gained a 17 point lead, and maintained their strength in the final period to pull out a 16 point win.

Ella Pearson scored 18 points in the win, supported by Esther Little, who also added 18.

The Under-14 Girls travelled to North East London on Saturday hoping to recapture some of their better early season form, but left with a 62-52 loss to London Greenhouse Pioneers.

The second quarter would prove to be pivotal as Ipswich were second-best in the rebounding stakes and offered up too many possessions for the hosts; by half-time Ipswich had a double digit deficit to recover.

The second half saw Ipswich much improved. Coach Kevin Manning’s side continued to close the gap and looked to be shaping up for a grandstand finish, with only four points separating the teams going into the final minute.

Ipswich pushed hard to win the game but left themselves open in the dying seconds and allowed the home side to make the result safe.

Makenna Williams top-scored again with 19 points; Abbie York added 12.

Finally, Syd Payne’s Under-14 Boys lost at Shoeburyness Scorpions on Sunday.

Ipswich trailed by 10 at the half after being unlucky with shots not falling. Scorpions pulled away after a woeful third quarter from Ipswich, who played well in the final period to cut into the lead but it was too little too late.

Long-serving defender Tommy Smith admits the tears were flowing when he said goodbye to his Ipswich Town team mates having today completed his move to MLS side Colorado Rapids.

Ipswich Town remain 12th in the Championship table following Saturday’s dire 1-1 draw at lowly Bolton Wanderers.

Martyn Waghorn knows he and his team-mates must rediscover their clinical side and begin to put together winning runs if they are maintain any kind of play-off push.

Former Ipswich Town player Georges Santos joined Andy Warren for a special edition of the Kings of Anglia Podcast.

Joe Garner turned home to finish off a superb Ipswich Town move as the Blues rescued a draw at Bolton.

Town fan Karl Fuller looks back at Town’s draw at Bolton and why one of Mick McCarthy’s after-match comments was not needed

The answer to the question Mick McCarthy posed after his side’s 1-1 draw at Bolton is undoubtedly ‘no’.

Terry Hunt says a feeling of togetherness between fans and the club appears a million miles away at Portman Road right now.

Player watch: It’s fair to say Ipswich Town’s two Friday signings split opinion when they were unveiled.

Ipswich Town drew a scrappy Championship match 1-1 at Bolton Wanderers this afternoon. STUART WATSON gives his snap observations.

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