Revenge for young Cats

Boys South Division TwoIpswich Tomcats U14 86 Brentwood Fire U14 79Ipswich Tomcats Under-14s completed a remarkable turnaround in form with a 17-point victory over a side who had beaten them by 78 points just six weeks previous.

Boys South Division Two

Ipswich Tomcats U14 86 Brentwood Fire U14 79

Ipswich Tomcats Under-14s completed a remarkable turnaround in form with a 17-point victory over a side who had beaten them by 78 points just six weeks previous.

In their first away game of the season, the Tomcats U14s returned from Essex side Brentwood Fire nursing the bruises after a 118-40 defeat, however the Suffolk outfit looked a different side in the return fixture at Westbourne Sports College.

Ipswich made their intentions clear just 20 seconds into the match when Tyme Regent-Bascombe opened the home side's account.

Although that lead proved short lived, the Tomcats kept well within striking distance, utilising some excellent team work during a period in which they trailed by six.

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Ipswich soon clawed the deficit back to two points, forcing Brentwood into a time after six minutes, before the quarter ended six points in Brentwood's favour.

After fast and furious start to the second quarter, Ipswich's Jake Eynon hit a perfect shot from the free throw line to level the scores.

Joel Keeble then produced the form that got him into the East of England squad as the Tomcats scored six points with no reply, ending the first half a point ahead. At half time in the previous fixture against Brentwood, Ipswich had trailed by 47.

Ipswich's Joe Reeve collected his fourth foul early in the third quarter and, with six minutes to go, the sides were level again.

The pressure the Tomcats were putting on their opponents was resulting in inaccurate shoots though, which the home side were only too glad to collect on the rebound.

With match going end-to-end, the Tomcats' confidence grew. David Metcalf teamed up well with Regent-Bascombe as they contributed to a ten point lead home lead at the end of the quarter: 62 - 52

Ipswich, knowing they had seen too many of these close games at Westbourne end in a win for the visitors, then kept up the pressure in the final period.

Although Brentwood came to within four points, Head Coach Nick Newman urged his players to relax and, within 30 seconds his side were ahead by eight.

Brentwood's Lucas Solkhom then committed his fifth foul two minutes into the quarter and the Tomcats capitalised by making it a ten-point game again.

Brentwood continued to battle, and clawed the gap back to five, but the match belonged to the Tomcats as they saw out the match 86-79.

Newman said: “The boys improvement from the beginning of the season to now is quite remarkable. To have gone from being beaten by 70 the last time we met Brentwood, to beating them by seven only a few weeks later was very satisfying.”

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