Ipswich under 18s Storm to a fine win over Hemel at basketball fixture

Sam Newman

Sam Newman - Credit: Archant

With the postponement of this weekend’s men’s game against PAWS London Capitals it gave the club’s other teams the chance to grab some of the limelight.

Caleb Fuller v Northants

Caleb Fuller v Northants - Credit: Archant

And they didn’t disappoint with a total of seven games taking place for both male and female teams across multiple age groups.

Adam with the under-13s

Adam with the under-13s - Credit: Archant

The weekend started with the club’s youngest team in the National League, u13 boys.

Coach Adam Davies has the responsibility of coaching two teams within the club and regularly has to manage two, three and sometimes four fixtures per weekend.

Lewisham are one of the biggest and best run clubs in London, so when Ipswich came away from this game with a heartbreaking 62-61 loss the players and coaching staff have good reason to feel proud and optimistic about the season ahead.

The club’s women’s team has been re-launched this year under the guidance and experience of coach Cristina Stancuica, who has injected a new lease of life into the team after a difficult season last year.

However, with the team still getting to know each other and still find their feet, the challenge of a big, physical, well drilled London Westside team was too much for them on Saturday as they fell to a heavy, if slightly flattering 67-36 defeat.

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Over in Hertfordshire, the home town ‘Warriors’ side played host to the Ipswich u18 men, a talented and exciting team coached by Nick Newman.

Ipswich dominated this game from start to finish and got big performances from several players – running out a convincing 106-67 victory margin.

On Sunday, coach Davis was back on his home court at Copleston, this time with the u16 boys team.

In a tense affair against the Northamptonshire Titans that saw the lead change hands several times, Ipswich sweated out an impressive 75-70 win to record three wins and one loss in their last four games.

The u14 girls, coached by Kathryn James, travelled to annual National Championship contenders Southend Swifts, who gave their less experienced opponents a long afternoon, running up a 104-46 score in Essex. The game of the weekend was undoubtedly the double overtime battle at Copleston on Sunday between the u18 men and Hemel Storm.

It took two extra periods for Ipswich to finally secure one of the hardest-fought victories they will have all season – especially given the fact that Hemel are a ‘Premier Division’ outfit.

The final game of the weekend was coach Davies’ third game in 24 hours. Although County Upper had some talent, the result was never in doubt as Ipswich rounded off the weekend with a comfortable 88-78 win.

Head coach Nick Drane said: “It’s important that the club’s other teams also get some limelight – they all work incredibly hard and this now means that over the past two weekends we, as a club have played 15 games and won 13 of them.”

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