Cup clashes follow league form

BASKETBALL: Teams in the Ipswich and District Basketball League have had a break to contest the first round of the Suffolk Cup competition. Matches mostly went to form with three of the games being repeats of the previous week's league fixtures.

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Teams in the Ipswich and District Basketball League have had a break to contest the first round of the Suffolk Cup competition.

Matches mostly went to form with three of the games being repeats of the previous week's league fixtures.

First team into the draw for the next round was Holywells, who defeated Colchester Hornets very convincingly.


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When the two teams met the week before Hornets pushed Holywells all the way, but this time they were considerably under strength and with five of the home team getting into double figures the game was soon over as a contest.

With Hornets only scoring three field goals in the opening quarter the home side, with a full squad of ten players, was able to run their bench and play a very up-tempo game.

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A lead of more than 20 at the end of the quarter was extended to more than 30 by half time and there was no way back for the Hornets.

BT Lasers kept up their unbeaten record for the season with a comfortable victory over Suffolk College.

A low scoring first quarter saw Lasers ahead by six, but it should have been more as they missed five times from the foul line.

Half time saw the gap extended to nine, but the College were in foul trouble and with Lasers starting the third quarter strongly the lead was extended to more than 20 going into the final quarter. It is Lasers who progress to the next round.

Copleston 1 could have come unstuck at Gainsborough when they only turned up with six players.

But the home side could not capitalise on the situation and only three baskets in the first quarter saw them trailing by 14.

Gainsborough more than doubled their points haul in the second quarter as they eventually got their offence together, but by now Copleston were out of sight past the half century mark and it is the home team who go into the Plate competition.

Copleston will have two teams in the next round of the draw as Copleston 2 travelled to Stowmarket and comfortably defeated the Slammers.

The visitors were up by nine by the end of the first quarter and when they ran in 16 unanswered points in the second quarter while keeping the home side to just two baskets, that was that.

To Stowmarket's credit they did not give up and they won the third quarter, but the deficit was too much to make up and they eventually lost by more than 20.

Newcomers PCI Mustangs have yet to win in the league and they unfortunately fared no better in the cup, coming second best to Brightlingsea Sledgehammers.

This one went very much to form with Sledgehammers up by more than 20 in the first quarter.

Mustangs shaded the next two quarters without making much inroad into the deficit and with Sledgehammers finishing strongly the gap by the end was more than 20.

Suffolk Cup results

Holywells 108 (N Newman 25, O'Connor 24, Taylor 16) Colchester Hornets 54 (A.Syrett 24, Davies 13)

Suffolk College 50 (Ghonouie 12, Goulbourne 10, Grant 8) BT Lasers 76 (Peters 18, Kamariotis 13, Mathinos 13)

Gainsborough 44 (Leech 10, Brendish 9) Copleston 1 111 (Rudd 34, Hendry 25, Giles 22)

Brightlingsea 115 (Keeling 41, Williams 24) PCI Mustangs 83 (Manhertz 23)

Stowmarket Slammers 40 (Betchley 19) Copleston 2 66 (Geaves 14, James 10)

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