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U14 Girls Complete Unbeaten Reg. Season (+ Junior Wrap)

U14 Girls

Ipswich’s Under-14 Girls completed their perfect regular season with a comfortable 101-19 win over Nottingham Wildcats at Copleston on Saturday.

Ipswich struggled with the occasion early on with scoring proving difficult, but a strong defensive effort stopped the visitors capitalising. The first changeover brought a change in fortunes, with the second five players taking over the game. They pushed the score to 30-4 at the end of the 1st. The next three periods played out 71-15.

Yasmin Edwards led all scorers with 22 points. Hannah Gray celebrated her England Under-14s call-up with 15 points, while Eva Asemota added 12.

Coach Kev Manning and his U14 Girls, who finish their regular season unbeaten

U14 Boys

Brad Potter’s Under-14 Boys came away from Brixton with a 66-55 win over London Westside, securing themselves a playoff berth in the process.

The game started slow with either side turning the ball over and both sides took a while to get going. By half-time, Ipswich held an 11-point advantage, and showed excellent composure to hold off Westside’s comeback attempts in the second half.

“All 12 players had game time today and there are plenty of positives, which will be useful in the playoffs,” said a pleased Coach Potter.

The boys finish with a 14-6 record, finishing 4th in the very competitive South East League. Their first playoff fixture will be confirmed in the coming days.

U16 Guard Seb Mobee sparked an Ipswich comeback that just fell short with 26 points (Photo: Nick Winter)

U16 Boys The U16 Boys also had a back-to-back. Searching for their first win of 2019 after a tough run of results, the Suffolk side finally secured that elusive win, with a battling 65-61 win at Surrey Rams on Saturday. Without second top scorer Seb Mobee, Joe Winder stepped up to notch a game high 19 points. Mobee returned with a huge 26 points over the fourth placed West Herts Warriors team on Sunday, where Ipswich battled back from an 18 point deficit to bring the game within 1 point in the 4th quarter, however a run of turnovers killed any momentum and the 16 Boys went down to a 70-65 defeat to West Herts Warriors at Copleston on Sunday.


U18 Men

In a big double header, the U18 Men split their games with a tough loss on Saturday and a resounding home win on Sunday.

On Saturday, Ipswich went down by 3 points on the road to West Herts Warriors, effectively ending their hunt for a playoff berth.

They bounced back on Sunday and secured a lop-sided win on Sunday, defeating Braintree Blue Devils 120-35.

The game was marred by an incident on-court with two players clashing and an ambulance being required for the Braintree player, who suffered damaged neck muscles. After an hour’s delay, Ipswich increased on their 43-13 lead to 49-17 at the half. 

Ipswich held Braintree to single figures in the first three quarters and closed the game with a 20-0 run.

Hamza Ghure finished with 26, backed up by Matt Spurling (18) and Tom Hindley (15).


U16 Boys

The U16 Boys also had a back-to-back. Searching for their first win of 2019 after a tough run of results, the Suffolk side finally secured that elusive win, with a battling 65-61 win at Surrey Rams on Saturday. Without second top scorer Seb Mobee, Joe Winder stepped up to notch a game high 19 points.

Mobee returned with a huge 26 points over the fourth placed West Herts Warriors team on Sunday, where Ipswich battled back from an 18 point deficit to bring the game within 1 point in the 4th quarter, however a run of turnovers killed any momentum and the 16 Boys went down to a 70-65 defeat to West Herts Warriors at Copleston on Sunday.


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Photographs used are thanks to Pavel Kricka and Nick Winter unless otherwise stated

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