TIME TO RISE: Ipswich Force captain James Legan is shooting high for Friday night's must-win state league match at Ipswich Stadium.
TIME TO RISE: Ipswich Force captain James Legan is shooting high for Friday night's must-win state league match at Ipswich Stadium. Megan Low

Ipswich fans vital to helping Force

SPIRITED Ipswich Force captain James Legan did everything he could to break his team's losing streak.

But even with Force in a winning position, his season high 35 points weren't quite enough.

Force gave up a 12 point advantage, losing 91-90 to Sunshine Coast Phoenix in last weekend's Queensland Basketball League encounter.

Sadly for the Ipswich team, that has been the regular story since their third win in a row against Rockhampton on May 13.

"Every single game we've had a chance to get in and win it,'' Legan said, in his fourth state league season for Ipswich.

"We have to learn to close out games.''

However, Legan senses a change in the air.

Returning to Ipswich stadium against Brisbane Spartans on Friday night, Legan is confident his side can build on its three wins from eight matches. Those consecutive victories were at Booval against Toowoomba, Gold Coast and Rockhampton.

Legan is banking on an electric Ipswich Cup eve crowd to regain his team's winning feeling.

"It will be great to get back in front of a home crowd,'' Legan said.

"We feed off their energy so it will be good.

"It's the support and the atmosphere this year and not having to travel.

"Going through all that stuff on game day is pretty nerve-racking, especially when the same things don't go your way. It's been tough (the past five games).''

Legan said Force hit the proverbial wall against Phoenix "letting that one slip, as well as Townsville (the previous weekend).

"Looking at the ladder, we have to win the next two games to stay in.

"We've definitely got to get a "w'' on the board.''

The Force have some injury concerns, waiting to see how Luke Shelley and Josh Derksen pulled up after tonight's training.

Ben Wilson is away for two weeks due to a wedding in Las Vegas.

The Ipswich Force play the first game at 6.30pm on Friday, fresh from their third win of the season last weekend.

Force ended their losing run with a more determined 93-70 win over Phoenix at Caloundra last Friday night.

Like Legan, coach Brad George is looking for a home court boost to keep his side in contention for the top eight finals.

Game day

QBL Friday night: Ipswich Force v Brisbane Spartans at Ipswich stadium. Women's match at 6.30pm before men's game at 8.30pm.



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