Force Files: Ipswich have talent to secure semi-final spots
AFTER a successful regular season, the Ipswich Force men's and women's teams have progressed to the state league basketball playoffs.
Having finished with a disappointing two-point loss against South West on Friday night, the Force men came out ready to play on Saturday.
Force took an unsuspecting Toowoomba team by surprise, notching up a nine-point win against the Mountaineers.
The ever reliable Kyle Harvey finished the match with 35 points and 11 rebounds as well as 24 points in 25 minutes from the night before, earning him the QBL Player of the Week.
Fellow American import James Legan also had a big weekend with 39 points against South West followed by 33 against Toowoomba.
The Force men finished second in their pool and will play the Brisbane Capitals in the 8pm quarterfinal crossover at Auchenflower.
The last time these teams met was in round six with the Capitals taking a nine-point win.
This match will surely be a cracker as both teams battle it out for a semi-final gig.
The Force women take on Northside Wizards in a quarterfinal showdown set for a 6.30pm tipoff at our home court at Booval.
In our previous round 13 match, the Wizards won.
We were left with the sour taste of a disappointing loss to deal with.
The playoffs bring a little nervousness and a lot of excitement and anticipation.
We know we have the team to progress to the semi-finals, we just need to back ourselves and each other.
The key to getting the win is for the Force to play with desire, tenacity, determination and heart.
This game will come down to who wants it more.
With so much on the line, the Force will be out to defend their home court and fight until the end.
Met West success
CONGRATULATIONS to the Met West under-15 girls team for taking out the Queensland Secondary State title.
Met West defeated Met East by 11 points in the grand final.
The team features six Ipswich players - Brooklyn Betham, Cassie Poulain, Grace George, Kate Head, Talitha Cox and Tanyha James.
It is the first time a Met West team has won the under-15 girls championships.
Congratulations also to Cassie Poulain, Kate Head and Grace George on being named in the honorary Queensland Secondary School state team.
It's terrific to see so many young basketballers coming through.