Tomcats start to believe

Under-18s South East PremierWestminster Warriors 42 Ipswich Tomcats 83Ipswich Tomcats continued their amazing turnaround in form with a comfortable win over bottom side Westminster.

Under-18s South East Premier

Westminster Warriors 42 Ipswich Tomcats 83

Ipswich Tomcats continued their amazing turnaround in form with a comfortable win over bottom side Westminster.

This latest win means that Ipswich are now just four points off of the play-off positions with six games remaining.

Despite beating the league's whipping boys by an eventually commanding 41-point margin, Westminster matched Ipswich basket for basket in the opening quarter, although it was clear that Ipswich had another couple of gears to go in to.

First-quarter: Westminster 16 Ipswich 18

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Ipswich picked up their pace at the offensive end in the second quarter, but continued to play lazy defence.

Jack Daley came off the bench to give quality minutes and Leigh Greenan began to go to work as the Tomcats opened up a commanding lead.

Half-time: Westminster 31 Ipswich 46

The third period saw Westminster run out of steam while, at the same time, Ipswich got into their stride to build up a commanding lead.

Aaron Moseley got out and running, as did Bert Scott. Josh Johnson's playmaking skills began to shine, while Michael Holbrook also got in on the act.

At the other end of the floor, Ipswich played some great pressure defence, holding Westminster to just one point in the period.

Third-quarter: Ipswich 64 Westminster 32

In the fourth period Ipswich continued to improve and, with the result in the bag, Greenan, Scott and Johnson retired to the bench.

James Fairs and Michael Holbrook stepped up their offence, while Brad Potter made key hustle plays in the fourth period.

Aaron Moseley continued his impressive all-round performance as Ipswich eventually ran out comfortable winners.

Head Coach Nick Drane said: “We started slow, some of that you can put down to the long trip down here and some of it you can't excuse, but we got it right in the end.

“In patches we played the type of basketball that won us the game against West London, while in other patches we looked lazy.

“That has to change before next week as we travel to Essex and Herts Leopards who, like us, have been heavily recruiting and have a much stronger team now than the league table suggests.

“Both teams need to win that game to keep their slim play-off hopes alive so it should be a barn-burner!”

Top Scorers: Greenan 23, Moseley 20, Holbrook 12 and Fairs 12.