Eynon scoring exploits lead new-look Men to two wins from two

Ipswich Basketball 92 – 71 Solent Kestrels II

National Basketball League Division II

Copleston Sports Centre, Ipswich

Southwark Pride 81 – 84 Ipswich Basketball

NBL National Cup

City of London Academy, London

Ipswich’s Senior Men opened their 2018-19 season under new head coach Adam Robinson with two wins this weekend. 

Saturday’s fixture saw a packed Copleston crowd to welcome returning Ipswich Basketball Academy graduates Jake Eynon and Luke Mascall-Wright, both of whom have signed with Ipswich for the coming season. The two put on a show, Eynon leading all scorers with 29 while Mascall-Wright racked up a 17-point, 16-rebound double double. 

Ipswich started strongly; Eynon had eight points in the first quarter while the returning Steve Hemmings and Marvin Isebor also got onto the scoresheet early on. The Kestrels came back into the game in the second quarter, keeping in touch behind some strong shooting from Ben Maranan to leave Ipswich leading 48-40 at half time. 

After the break, a renewed attack by the hosts stretched the lead to as many as 18 in the third quarter, and took a relatively comfortable 72-55 lead into the final period before a lapse in defensive concentration allowed Solent to edge back into the game once more.

Robinson’s men sealed the gaps in the final quarter, limiting their guests to 16 points while Mascall-Wright capped the first win of the year with a sensational put-back dunk which brought the home crowd to their feet. 

“A pleasing first weekend,” said Coach Robinson after the win. 

“I feel like we have a lot of things to work on, certainly in allowing them to take their preferred shots on too many occasions, but offensively we are going to be a very fun team to watch.

“Moyo Adekeye and Harry Syrett were encouraging on debut, and our bench played valuable roles in an important win today.”

Ben Winter added an efficient 16 points for Ipswich. Adekeye, recently arrived from Charnwood College, finished with 11.