Ipswich Force basketballer James Legan.
Ipswich Force basketballer James Legan. Mike Knott

American considers return after cruel final

IT'S little wonder Ipswich Force sharpshooter James Legan felt emotionally drained.

He'd only hours earlier shot the house down, almost completing what would have been the biggest Queensland Basketball League upset in many years.

The popular American scored 38 points among his injured teammates before finally watching the Brisbane Capitals seize some last-gasp glory.

"It was a minute 46 (left on the clock) when they took the lead,'' Legan said, recovering at home yesterday.

"Everyone stepped up to the plate.

"I've got to commend those guys for going to bat for the team and putting their careers and bodies on the line because you never know what can happen.''

Legan also deserved high praise.

In his fifth season in the QBL, he took it upon himself to lead the way for Ipswich in the nailbiting quarter-final at Auchenflower.

"It was one of my best individual games,'' the Houston-based basketballer said.

"I got in the zone and I just didn't want to lose.

"There was so much that I wanted to do.

"Luckily I caught fire.

"I'm emotionally drained. It's crazy. It's a rollercoaster ride.''

Having enjoyed his past two seasons with the Force, Legan said he would complete his coaching commitments before returning to the US next month.

It's there he will reassess his playing future.

"I'm happy here,'' Legan said.

"Ipswich treats me well.

"I love Mickey (coach Mick Conlon) as a coach. I love the guys.

"That's why I'm so emotionally drained. I don't want our season to come to an end.

"I'm sitting here dwelling about it.

"I definitely want to come back and try to finish where we left off.

"It will definitely leave a sour taste in my mouth until next season.''



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