Ipswich Basketball fall to heavy Huddersfield Heat defeat in Patrons Cup final

Ipswich, in blue, take on Huddersfield

Ipswich, in blue, take on Huddersfield - Credit: Archant

Huddersfield Heat dominated Ipswich Basketball on their way to a 96-63 blow-out win to claim the Patrons Cup on Saturday at UEL Sports Dock.

Despite it being Huddersfield’s fourth national title in five years, no-one expected it to be so one sided.

Julio Sosa scored 20 points, along with six rebounds and five assists on his way to being named MVP, but it was a team effort that saw five players reach double figures

This game was billed as the closest and most exciting contest of the day and early on, it seemed that the game would be the real battle that was expected.

The first quarter was shaky, with neither team able to connect early on, and both sides missed easy opportunities at the basket as the first quarter ended 20-21.

As the second quarter began, so did Huddersfield’s assault on the rim, tearing out to a 10-point lead at the half on the back of some incredible defence around the basket.

With the score 33-43, Ipswich coach Nick Drane was visibly unimpressed with his side’s performance.

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Opening the second half, it was as if Ipswich’s players needed to go back to the locker room to find whatever passion and heart they had left in there at half-time.

The lack of defence from the Suffolk side allowed Huddersfield’s Spanish pair of Salva Mendez and Sosa to slash to the basket with ease almost completely uncontested and open up a 36-point lead for their team.

In the fourth quarter, Ipswich scored just nine points as they went down to a 63-96 scoreline.

What was billed as a close game, ended up a blow-out.

Ipswich now play four games in the next two weekends. Despite these two recent losses against Huddersfield it has, to this point, be a remarkable season for the Ipswich players who have defied the odds in a division stacked with professional teams and players.

The next home game is Sunday March 2 against Eastside Eagles, a team that stole a two-point win from Ipswich at the Copper Box back in November.

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