IGS within reach of GPS premiership glory

IPSWICH Grammar School's First V basketball team continued their run towards premiership glory with a hard-fought 76-67 victory over Gregory Terrace on Saturday.

In a see-sawing round 5 GPS battle that had the Spartans down by as many as 11 in the second quarter, the coaches praised the efforts of all seven players that hit the floor.

"It was a tough win," coach Mike Wellings said. "It was a real team performance with some big time individual plays, which led to the victory."

The win was made even tougher when captain Matineng Leahy was ruled out with an ankle injury.

Acting captain Verle Williams was outstanding again, scoring a game-high 31 points and ripping down 11 rebounds.

Centre Ben Kemp played a key role in defence pulling in 19 rebounds and vice-captain Brody Baeumler added 13 points.

"Everyone stepped up," assistant coach Jason Ralph said.

"I was particularly impressed with our inexperienced bench. They were superb, as well as acting skipper Verle Williams. I thought his wealth of experience shone through."

Bench players Daniel David and Cooper Ward each played a crucial role.

David managed eight steals, while year 9 student Ward grabbed eight important defensive rebounds.

The victory was a fitting way to farewell long-serving Ipswich Grammar School former player and assistant coach Ralph. He departs for the USA tomorrow.

"It has been a pleasure to work with Jason over the past seven years," Wellings said.

"He is a wonderful player, coach and friend. He will be sorely missed and is welcome back anytime."

In Ralph's absence, Wellings has asked Ipswich Force import James Legan to assist for the duration of the season.

IGS plays Brisbane State High School on Saturday in a Round 6 match.


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