Force men gain boost from state league win

FRESH from a confidence-boosting victory over South West Metro, Ipswich Force coach Andrew Summerville was already planning another state league win.

He headed to Toowoomba yesterday to check out his team's next opponents on Saturday night.

After a testing few weeks, Force produced one of its best performances of the QBL season to beat South West 84-61 in Brisbane on Saturday night.

Forward Alex Desroches topscored with 27 points as Force led from the opening minutes to secure a much-needed third win of the hotly-contested season.

While Desroches' 37-minute performance pleased Summerville, it was the team's improving commitment that provided the most satisfaction.

"The boys played really well,'' Summerville said.

"We only really had good starts in a handful of games this year and last night we led from the get-go and never gave up the lead.

"It was a positive sign to start well.''

With the team he's got, Summerville knows everyone has to contribute.

"The beauty about our team is we don't have two superstars that might (each) score 30 like other teams do,'' he said.

"If you look at the box score from last night, their American (Kenneth Barnes) scored 25 points and after that, they didn't really have any contributors.

"Whereas we had Alex score 27, Rory (Sutton) 15, Jerel (Chavis) 15 and Martin Iti had 13 or 14. We had a good spread of scoring and we also got some good points off the bench. We don't rely on one or two guys.''

Apart from a 95-61 loss to Brisbane the week before, Force have been competitive in all their games this season.

That's why their latest win was so important. It lifted Ipswich to eighth place and into a position to secure a home final in its pool.

"Things are starting to fall into place,'' he said.

"It's not about us being the best team in the competition. It's about us being the best team in our pool.

"We're nearly back to full strength now.''

Force has lost Tom Howard for the season and will be without injured Colby Stefanovic for another few weeks.

Part of Summerville's spying mission yesterday was to see Toowoomba's new American import Willie Farley play before he meets Ipswich.

Farley was lining up for the Mountaineers yesterday.

Meanwhile, the third-placed Ipswich Force women continued their steady progress by beating South West Metro 71-54.

Nadeen Payne led the way with 23 points, gaining valuable support from Peta Eddington and Marney George.

State of Play

QBL men: Ipswich Force 84 (Alex Desroches 27, Rory Sutton 15, Jerel Chavis 14) d South West Metro 61 (Kenneth Barnes 25).

QBL women: Ipswich Force 71 (Nadeen Payne 23, Peta Eddington 12, Marney George 11) d South West Metro 54 (Diane Schuetze 16).

Next matches: Saturday - Ipswich Force v Toowoomba in Toowoomba.



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