Ipswich bball squad on a winning streak

IPSWICH Basketball Club continued their record-breaking start to the season with three comprehensive wins on the road, a thrilling home game victory at Holywells High School and a conceded match at the weekend.

IPSWICH Basketball Club continued their record-breaking start to the season with three comprehensive wins on the road, a thrilling home game victory at Holywells High School and a conceded match at the weekend.

The latest five wins mean that the club has won all nine of their junior matches at the start of the new season.

Under-16 National League

Boys' East Midlands Conference

North East Essex Jammers 50 Ipswich Tomcats 90

IPSWICH's leading boy's side got their league campaign off to a winning start thanks to a fine all-round team performance.

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Following their home cup win the previous week, Coach Dennis Dixon's side travelled to face an unknown quantity in the form of the Essex Jammers.

The Suffolk side knew they had height on their side with the starting five of Liam Eley, Tom Hunt, Jack Daley, David Lockwood and Ethan Dixon who started with energy and purpose.

It took until the seventh minute before the hosts finally got past the Ipswich defence and put points on the board and by half-time the Tomcats had built up a lead of 44-26.

If the Jammers were expecting a slackening of pace by the visitors in the second half they were in for a rude awakening. It was a total team performance, dominated with intensity on defence and confidence at the offensive end.

There was contribution from everyone in all areas - block shots, assists, rebounds, steals and points - and there were four players who had double figures in scoring with almost everyone getting on the stats sheet with either points rebounds or steals.

The bench then came in and maintained that intensity resulting in a comprehensive 90-50 victory.

Under-16 National League

Girls' South Division One

Ipswich Bobcats 66 West Herts Warriors 52

THE Holywells crowd were treated to a thrilling Bobcats victory after these closely-matched sides traded the lead throughout the third period.

After a nervy start, the Bobcats switched up a gear to take a nine point lead into half-time.

Then ensued a thrilling end-to-end third quarter. Hertfordshire drew level on 30 points and for the next six minutes the teams traded points, the lead changing hands no fewer than nine times.

Hertfordshire failed to capitalise on a technical foul called on Bobcats' Tierney Barker by only sinking one from a possible four from the free throw line.

With only a single point in it at the beginning of the final quarter, Ipswich knew they needed to make the most of their 12-strong squad against the seven of Hertfordshire who were beginning to show the effects of this fast-paced game.

Step up Emma Swain for the Bobcats whose three-pointer ignited the home side, while Milly Stubbs kept herself busy at both ends of the court by mopping up anything that came her way.

Ipswich kept up the pressure to the end to run out winners by 14 points and with nine of their 12 players on the score sheet it was a very happy Bobcats team that greeted the final buzzer.

Bethany Yapp and Swain both had excellent games, but the outstanding performance of the day was that of Stubbs who single-handedly accounted for a third of the Bobcat's points.

Under-13 National League

Boys' South Division One

Newham Youngbloods 41 Ipswich Tomcats 101

IPSWICH's highly-rated Under-13s already look favourites for the league title after they recorded two more comprehensive victories at the weekend.

Playing in a triangular series of matches in London, Ipswich quickly opened up a 14-2 lead against Newham Youngbloods.

Ipswich has beaten this same team by over 100 the previous week, however, Newham looked more confident on their home court and with a few new faces they were clearly a better team.

However, despite Newham's vast improvement they were still no match for the Tomcats who finished the quarter 30-12 in front.

In the second the Tomcats continued their offensive onslaught but were still not in the same form as the previous week. MJ Thomas and Luke Mascall-Wright found the basket on a number of occasions opening the game up to 54-17.

In the third the Tomcats were all about Sam Newman who racked up 15 points in the quarter, including an impressive three-pointer as again the Tomcats extended their lead.

In the fourth Ipswich lost concentration, allowing Newham to score a number of easy baskets, but for the visitors Robinson Maka was still not getting much resistance as he ended up top-scoring as Ipswich ran out comfortable winners.

Herts Warriors 23 Ipswich Tomcats 74

IN their second game the Tomcats faced the team that they beat on the opening day of the season.

In the opening period it was the combination of Ronnie Baylark and Maka that the Warriors had no answer for and by the end of the period it was already clear that the Tomcats would make it four wins in a row.

In the second, for the first time this season, Ipswich found scoring difficult, although their defence meant that the Warriors didn't reduce the deficit. Again Baylark and Maka provided the offence for the Tomcats.

In the third captain Mascall Wright, who was having a quiet day, picked up his scoring and L'amour Saggers provided the much needed spark and intensity off the bench as Ipswich extended their lead.

The fourth saw Thomas get in on the act while Maka and Baylark continued to open the game up as the Tomcats ran away with the game, winning 74-23.

- IPSWICH Bobcats Under-14 side were denied their first match together at the weekend when their scheduled opponents Chiltern Pumas pulled out of the match. Ipswich were awarded the points and 20-0 scoreline.

Next weekend sees just one home fixture when the U15 Tomcats take on East London Royals on Saturday at Holywells. There are, however, no fewer than six away fixtures, the toughest of which is likely to be the U14 girl's game against Haringey.

For news of Ipswich Basketball Club, including all the fixtures and results, go to www.ipswichbasketball.net.

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