Ipswich take over in second half, see off Liverpool

Cameron Hawes starred with a game-high 19 points in Ipswich's first NBL Division II win of the new campaign (Image: Pavel Kricka)

Ipswich Basketball 87-63 Liverpool BC
National League Division II
Copleston Sports Centre

Ipswich Basketball secured their first league win of the season at home to Liverpool Basketball Club on Saturday evening.

Saturday’s clash at Copleston saw a tepid first half, as the two sides ended the half tied on 35, unfold into a controlling performance after the break by Coach John Ellis‘ side.

The hosts were led in the first half by Jonny Hall’s ultra-efficient 10 points on six shots, and nine more from Cameron Hawes, whose perimeter shooting hit a high for the season so far.

Having allowed the visitors to control the tempo early on, Ipswich forced up the pace after the break and an early 18-6 run established the home side’s supremacy.

Ipswich turned the screw with their ball pressure, forcing the visitors into ten third-quarter turnovers, capitalising on them with easy scores for Hawes, Hall and Femi Ariyo.

Ellis made the most of his deep bench and Ipswich kept up the pace the rest of the way behind a strong offensive display from Hawes, who finished with a game-high 19 points.

Thank you to our match-day sponsors, Go Freight Transport.

Colin Dockrell (17 points) and Hall (16) were the other leading scorers, Hawes and Dockrell combining to shoot 8/17 from three-point range. Debutant guard Tola Okiki filled up the stat sheet with nine points, four rebounds and six assists, while Rabi Rai was again effective.

Jon Lench led Liverpool with 14 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

“I’m very pleased to have taken a first win of the season in the league,” said Coach Ellis.

“We told the guys at half time that this game was there for the taking, and that we were going to go out and take it – we’ve generally been a good third-quarter team so far this season and that was certainly the case today with a 16-point edge.

“We are still in the early stages of the season, taking little steps to shape our identity and roster, so today was another plus point seeing Tola in action and what he can do.”

Hall was named Player of the Game by match-day sponsors, Go Freight Transport.