The Under-14 Boys suffered a narrow loss in a thrilling game, going down 77-80 to Chelmsford Lions at Copleston.
The game started with Ipswich with the teams exchanging scores. The home team quickly settled, and some good team defence gave them a 6 point lead at the end of the first.
Ipswich continued to build on this momentum and extended to a double digit lead in the 3rd qtr. However, Chelmsford rallied and slowly began to close the gap as Ipswich’s concentration slipped. With 13 seconds left, Ipswich called timeout, but Chelmsford managed to force a turnover for a quick sore. With time expiring before Ipswich got another chance, the game headed to an extra period.
Overtime was a tense period with teams exchanging baskets. A pair of poor offensive decisions from Ipswich lead to the visitors taking a four-point lead, which in the end proved enough.
“It is a very disappointing result, especially as the boys played so well,” said Coach Syd Payne. They should look at it as a performance to build upon for the return fixture in 3 weeks time”
Idriss Lebbie led the scoring with 18 points. Harrison Gregg added 15 and Joe Thomas finished with 11.
There were better fortunes for the Under-14 Girls, as Kevin Manning‘s squad took care of Brentwood Leopards in a lopsided 85-27 victory.
The Ipswich girls were looking to get back to winning ways after consecutive losses to London rivals over the previous two weekends.
The early signs suggested that the losing streak looked likely to end, as Ipswich went 12 points unanswered from the tip. After 6 minutes of the 1st Qtr the scoreboard read 26-1 in Ipswich’s favour.
By the half-way point the 57-9 scoreline rendered the result a formality, so the playing staff were heavily rotated and a lacklustre final 20 minutes were played out 28-18 to the home side.
“The game was not the best spectacle,” said Coach Manning, “but it was a great opportunity to give court minutes to rotation players.”
Top scorers were Alicia Boddy (21 points), Makenna Williams (18) and Dallya Calver (12).