The Killamarsh Arrows went down 97-80 away to Ipswich in the first round of the play-offs.
Joseph Baugh led the Arrows in scoring 29 and was well supported by Chris Dixon’s 23. It was truly a great performance in which all players made a scoring contribution.
The Arrows started junior star Andreas Lycoudis and he more than held his own against the highly-rated GB player Maskell–Wright, limiting his opportunities while contributing five points of his own.
It fell to Denis Scott to try and defend Ipswich’s 7 foot centre and he quickly found himself on four fouls as the “beast of Suffolk” was awarded protection from any contact from the referees.
To his credit Scott played out the whole second half fouless and contributed eight points.
The Arrows fought fire in the first quarter with Baugh, Dixon and Kelly all connecting to keep the huge Ipswich defenders off balance .
However, despite excellent defence from now player coach Andrew Purnell, the Arrows found themselves 31–23 behind.
Ipswich poured on the pressure in the second quarter as Abdifatah Mohammed, Rickyle Anderson and Aidan Dennison all made positive contributions for the Arrows off the bench - but Ipswich moved out to a lead of 64 – 42 at the interval.
The Arrows knew they had a mountain to climb in the second half just to stop Ipswich, but there was to be no quit in this Arrows group.
Despite giving away size and masses of experience they shared the third quarter at 17–17 with Rickyle Anderson hitting a 3 pointer and a clever finish from Aidan Dennison.
The Arrows continued to contest everything through the final quarter taking it 21– 16 as Abdifatah, Dennison and Lycoudis all made scoring contributions.
At the heart of the battle was Joseph Baugh who scored 29 points in a variety of ways.
James Kelly and Denis Scott combined for scores as the gap between the teams began to close.
However time eventually ran out on what has been a great season for the Arrows as they closed at 97–80.
Scorers; Baugh 29, Dixon 23, Kelly 8, Scott 8, Lycoudis 5, Dennison 4, Anderson 3, Abdifatah 4