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Ipswich Basketball Men claim thrilling overtime win over Pioneers

PUBLISHED: 11:18 31 October 2017 | UPDATED: 11:18 31 October 2017

Rabi Rai led Ipswich with 22 points aginst the London Pioneers. Picture: NICK WINTER

Rabi Rai led Ipswich with 22 points aginst the London Pioneers. Picture: NICK WINTER

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NBL Division Two

Ipswich 90

London Greenhouse Pioneers 86 (OT)

Ipswich Basketball Club’s Senior Men remain unbeaten on their home court this season following a dramatic overtime victory over London Greenhouse Pioneers at Copleston on Saturday, writes Rob Schatten.

A slow first half saw the hosts trail 30-35 at the break, but the game came alive in the second half.

After Ipswich had controlled the pace of the third quarter, and taken a one-point lead into the fourth, the home team slowly built their advantage to six on the back of important fourth-quarter baskets by Cameron Hawes, Quan Gill and Colin Dockrell.

Just as Ipswich were looking likely to close out an important win, Luca Piccini and Dean Prosenica combined for three important scores for Pioneers and a couple of Ipswich turnovers actually gifted Piccini a chance to win the game at the free-throw line.

The Italian missed one and made the other, sending the game to overtime.

Rabi Rai, who had started to make a significant impact in the fourth quarter, ran overtime for the hosts with six of Ipswich’s 18 points and three assists.

Despite Dockrell fouling out in the first minute, the five of Rai, Hawes, Gill, Jonny Hall and Bradley Potter – who scored the go-ahead basket with under a minute remaining before Hawes sealed the win at the line – found enough at both ends to close out a vital victory.

Rai finished with a team-high 22 points for Ipswich; Dockrell added 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Hawes finished with 10 points and a career-high 10 rebounds.

Tola Okiki added an additional 14 points and played an important part in the third-quarter run where Ipswich took the lead.

Keavon Mackenzie had 22 points for the visitors.

“We had an opportunity to erase some bad memories from last weekend, and I was delighted with the way we approached today’s game,” said head coach John Ellis.

“I don’t think we really needed to make it that hard on ourselves, and the couple of late turnovers would have kept me up all night if we’d lost the game – but we’re still undefeated at home in the league this year, which is massive for us.”

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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