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Ipswich Men fall to first home league defeat of season against Warriors

PUBLISHED: 13:10 13 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:10 13 November 2017

Cameron Hawes led Ipswich with 25 points against Westminster. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Cameron Hawes led Ipswich with 25 points against Westminster. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Pavel.Kricka@btinternet.com

NBL Division Two

Ipswich 71

Westminster Warriors 86

Ipswich suffered their first home defeat in Division Two this season, falling to recently relegated Westminster Warriors on Saturday, writes Rob Schatten.

Colin Dockrell had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Ipswich. Picture: PAVEL KRICKAColin Dockrell had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Ipswich. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

This encounter fully lived up to the basketball cliché of a “game of runs”.

Coming off the back of two successive victories, a confident Ipswich started well as Rabi Rai, Cameron Hawes and Colin Dockrell combined to hit five threes in the first quarter, pushing the hosts to a 23-19 lead.

Florian Damptey and Nathan Ashley combined for 16 points for the visitors in the second quarter as an improved defensive effort saw Westminster break opening the game.

The lead was out to 15 before late baskets by Tola Okiki and Brad Potter off the bench helped Ipswich go in 12 down at half time.

Ipswich guard Rabi Rai glides to the hoop against Westminster. Picture: PAVEL KRICKAIpswich guard Rabi Rai glides to the hoop against Westminster. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

In the third quarter, the hosts produced some of their best two-way basketball of the season so far.

With the score at 53-39, seven-foot centre Jonny Hall caught a defensive rebound and went coast to coast to score, igniting the Copleston crowd and sparking a 19-4 scoring run over the third quarter which would see Ipswich erase their deficit.

Hawes scored nine straight unanswered points and Dockrell added another six in the run.

As the fourth quarter got underway, however, the Warriors had regrouped, and Ipswich’s shooting went a little cold while Damptey and Juan Manning were finding form from the three-point line.

Ipswich's Tola Okiki attacks the Westminster defene. Picture: PAVEL KRICKAIpswich's Tola Okiki attacks the Westminster defene. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

When the two made three three-pointers in little over a minute, pushing the lead from three to eleven as Ipswich struggled to respond, Westminster had a lead to defend for the rest of the game.

Hawes finished with a game-high 25 points for Ipswich, while Dockrell added 16 points and 11 rebounds. Jon Johnson paced the visitors with 22; Damptey racked up 16.

“I feel as though we’ve been riding a rollercoaster the last couple hours,” said head coach John Ellis.

“It wasn’t a case of too many mistakes in the fourth quarter, I think we just didn’t hit enough shots. They hit some big shots in the fourth quarter and took the game away from us, but I was very proud of our attitude having gone behind.”

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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