Ipswich Basketball Club’s Nick Drane doesn’t mince his words after defeat to Huddersfield Heat

Ipswich contemplate defeat

Ipswich contemplate defeat - Credit: Archant

Coach Nick Drane refused to defend his ‘terrible’ team after Ipswich Basketball Club’s Patrons Cup dreams went up in smoke on Saturday.

The Copleston-based side put in a pitiful performance, losing heavily, as Huddersfield Heat romped to a 96-63 victory at the University of East London.

Ipswich found themselves 36 points down at one stage against their EBL Division Two rivals and eventually succumbed to a painful defeat which saw no-one come out of the game with any credit, according to Drane.

“Can I take any positives from the performance? No, none whatsoever,” he said.

“Being brutally honest, we stunk it up and we could not have played any worse.

“The only positive from the weekend is the fact that we had around 100 supporters that followed us from Ipswich and even when we were 30 points down at one stage, they never stopped making noise, while the youngsters from the junior team, standing on the back line, did their best to put off the opposition.

“They did the club proud and showed what a community club we are.”

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The loss was only Ipswich’s seventh in what has, on the whole, been a good season.

Drane had warned his team not to replicate the performance they produced on one of their previous trips to London this season, when 24 seconds of madness, according to Drane, cost them victory at the Eastside Eagles.

That day, individual errors were to blame, whereas on Saturday, the whole squad failed to perform.

“The result and performance was a freak, we looked tired, disinterested and lacked passion and enthusiasm – all the things that makes us great,” said Drane.

“We were terrible and there will be a lot of soul-searching to figure out what went wrong but long term I am not worried about my players because I know their character.”

Ipswich still have a chance of winning promotion should they have a successful end-of-season play-off campaign.

The league’s top eight teams compete in that and Drane has clear aims.

“The aim would be to go the rest of the season unbeaten and defeat Huddersfield in the play-offs to go up,” he added.

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