The Heat is on for Ipswich Basketball Club
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Ipswich Basketball Club head coach Nick Drane has urged his high-flyers to keep their feet on the floor, despite a Patrons Cup Final appearance on the horizon.
Ipswich cemented their place in the showpiece final, against Division Two rivals, Huddersfield Heat, at the University of East London on February 22, with a 100-82 victory over Worcester Wolves, at Copleston School, on Sunday.
The victory, coupled with the club’s under-16s reaching their respective national final, sealed a remarkable weekend, but with promotion to EBL Division One the priority, Drane knows his team can’t take their eyes off the ball.
Ipswich host Loughborough on Sunday (noon), before visiting Huddersfield on February 15 in a dress rehearsal for the following weekend’s final, and Drane explained: “The league has always been the priority and we have got two games in the league to concentrate on before the final.
“We will be watching next week’s game between Huddersfield and Derby closely and if Huddersfield can win, they will all but win the league, which will then leave the race open for that second automatic spot.
“That is the result we are hoping for.”
Aaron Moseley was the star for Ipswich in Sunday’s semi-final, scoring nine three-pointers, although it wasn’t always plain-sailing for the hosts on the big stage as Ipswich started the game sluggishly.
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“We knew before Sunday’s game that if we played well, then our destiny would be in our own hands, but our performance was flat to begin with,” explained Drane, whose side tip-off against Huddersfield, in the final, at 3.30pm.
“But we have done really well to get to this stage. We used the early rounds of the competition to build up our team chemistry.
“Now we are there, we don’t want people complimenting us, saying ‘didn’t they do well to get where they have’, we are not interested in that.
“We have every intention of winning.”