Ipswich U16 boys travelled to Sussex Storm this weekend in the 2nd round of the U16 playoffs.
Ipswich had split the series with Storm during the regular season, but with the home side finishing 3rd overall after conference play Ipswich would head into the game as underdogs.
During the first half both teams would trade baskets throughout, and in a half that sometimes lacked quality it made up for in competitiveness and tension with both teams forcing each other into plenty of turnovers and tough shots throughout. Storm would take a 1 point lead into the break, in which neither team really took charge of the momentum.
The second half was a different story all together, with the momentum swinging in the away sides favour and without never really moving back.
Ipswich’s defensive play and overall intensity seemed to stifled an ever fading Storm. Multiple stops from Ahmeed Yusoof, Harry Syrett and Ethan Price would ultimately prove the difference, and Storm managed to only score 11 points in the 3rd quarter.
This team defensive display led to Ethan Price, who had been kept quiet in the first half by a stern Storm defence, taking over the game offensively scoring 26 second half points, and finishing with a game high 34. Seb Mobee added 12 and Harry Syrett 10, which contributes to a 72-59 away win for Ipswich and a place in the quarter finals.
“I was beaming with pride on Saturday,” said Coach Adam Robinson. “The boys were fantastic. We’re still exceeding expectations, and the pressure is off us a bit now. I’m excited to see how far we go!”
Ipswich will now travel to Northampton Titans to compete for a place in the Final Fours next weekend.