Battling Bulldogs lap up success

RECENT matches in the Ipswich & District Basketball League saw both seniors and under 16 teams in action with Bury Bulldogs doing very well in both competitions.

RECENT matches in the Ipswich & District Basketball League saw both seniors and under 16 teams in action with Bury Bulldogs doing very well in both competitions.

Bury seniors maintained their unbeaten record while their juniors had two good wins in the central venue competition.

Bulldogs made a slow start in their game at Stowmarket and it was the home side that had a slender lead at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter saw Bury up the tempo on offence as they outscored the Slammers 33-9 with Christian Lyne and Aaron Caldwell hitting 20 of the 33.

Seven unanswered points at the start of the third put Bulldogs even further ahead and although Slammers won the fourth, Chris Dixon's game-high 24 was more than enough to keep Bulldogs' 100% league record.

The only team to beat the Bulldogs so far this season is Colchester, in the cup, and they put a dent in Holbrook Eagles strong record as they came from behind in the fourth quarter to give themselves an outside chance of honours.

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Colchester started the better and were seven ahead going into the second quarter, with Jules Keeling's eight personal in six minutes being a key factor.

In the second Keeling went scoreless with Colchester only managing two field goals and at half-time they trailed by eight as Richard Godfrey came off the bench to hit nine personal for the Eagles.

A low-scoring third saw the teams trading baskets and with four minutes gone in the final quarter it looked all over as Eagles led by nine.

Eight unanswered points in the next two minutes put Colchester back in the game and with Eagles only hitting two shots in the final six minutes it was Colchester who came out on top.

BT Lasers are level on points with the Bulldogs at the top of the league, having played two games more.

They picked up another comfortable win when Stowmarket Slammers were the visitors.

Twelve personal from Lewis Giles gave Lasers the start they needed and with Femi Ariyo hitting nine personal in the second.

Slammers only managed three baskets in the third giving them far too much ground to make up in the final quarter. Giles finished with a game-high 33.

Luckless and winless BT Jets visited California Cougars and received no sympathy as they only managed two baskets in the opening quarter.

This week's games see Lasers facing a tricky trip to the Cougars where they will hope to do better than their Jets counterparts. Holbrook Eagles will be keen to get back to winning ways following two successive defeats as they take on the unbeaten Bulldogs at Holbrook Sports Centre, while Jets will probably get little change from Colchester.

Results

Stowmarket Slammers 59 (Gittens 16, Harris 15, Douglas 10). Bury Bulldogs 88 (Dixon 24, Caldwell 21, Lyne 18).

California Cougars 154 (Eley 28, Rudd 23, Fox 19). BT Jets 37 (Carson 7, Booth 6, Dodd 5).

Holbrook Eagles 64 (Newman 14, Harvey 14, Simbai 13). Colchester 71 (Keeling 20, A Syrett 15, N.Syrett 13).

BT Lasers 83 (Giles 33, Ariyo 12, Ward 7). Stowmarket Slammers 42 (Douglas 16, Kostrzewski 11, Gittens 6).

Under-16: Colchester 94 (Leeder 21, Shreet 18, McInerney 15). Bury II 34 (Dunne/Bullivant 8, Mugridge 7).

Bury I 110 (Benford 29, Clements 24, Sheward 23). Bury II 49 (Jordan 23, Bullivant 15, Mugridge 6).

Colchester 63 (McInerney 15, Wills/Leeder 13). Bury I 76 (Sheward 29, Benford 18, Camps 15).

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