These teams met in the opening game of the season at Royals home court in Stevenage, so it was going to be interesting to gauge which team had improved the most. Royals took the honours on that occasion, winning 53-47 and are one of only two teams to have beaten Ipswich in league play this season. The boys in blue were keen to show that they had learned lessons from that defeat.
Running a hard-nosed pressing defense from the start, Ipswich powered to a 21–4 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Royals pressed from the start of the second but failed to reduce Ipswich’s rate of scoring. The visitors did, however, manage to outscore Ipswich with some impressive shooting to bring the score back to a more respectable 43–30 at the half way mark
Ipswich continued with their policy of getting all players court time and were pleased this did not reduce their offensive threat as they scored 20 points in the third. Royals’ accuracy from range again kept them in the game as they scored 20 points themselves to share the third quarter.
Fitness was the telling point in the final stages of the game as Ipswich’s fast break game enabled them to make a number of uncontested baskets to close the game as winners 87–66, maintaining their position on top of the league.
Coach Dave Girling had special praise for his two leading scorers, Ben Mobee and Jonny Hall, for leading the team’s high-energy approach to this game and producing on the offensive end when their team created them opportunities.