A look back at some of Leopards’ games on this date. Well, there’s not much else going on.
2019 Sam’s the man with late winner
Captain Sam Newman hit a game winner with 0.7 seconds on the clock to give Leopards their fourth league win of the season as Barking Abbey were beaten 65-63, on Saturday .
Leopards led by as many as 16 points in East London before foul trouble saw them let the hosts back into the game, and Abbey took a one point lead with three minutes remaining to set up the grandstand finish.
Asante Sandiford had the ball in his hands with the game tied as the clock ticked down and after he saw his shot rim out, a mad scramble resulted in Newman tipping the ball in,
Even then there was time for Abbey to get a shot off with J Brown inexplicably left open under the basket after the hosts had called a timeout and advanced the ball to half-court, but his shot hit the underside of the basket to give the Big Cats a welcome win .
Newman and Lee Hodges led a balance attack with 14 points apiece, Newman adding six assists and Hodges 13 rebounds. Asante Saniford finished with a 13 point, 12 rebound double-double despite being double-teamed throughout the game, while Luke Mascall-Wright added nine points.
Former Barking player Hodges followed up an early lay-up with a dunk before Findlay Wood hit a triple to put Leopards 7-2 ahead, but only Rory Winter and Chuck Duru troubled the scorers as they each split a pair of free-throws, and the hosts led 11-9 at the first break .
Hodges levelled the score with the opening basket of the second period before Newman sunk a trey, and Leopards’ offence got going again as Newman and Sandiford both scored a pair of baskets.
Mascall-Wright’s trey gave Leopards a 31-21 lead with 2:14 on the clock and he increased that with a driving lay-up before Sandiford sent the visitors into the locker room with a 35-23 lead.
Having only committed two first half fouls, partly because of Abbey’s reliance on three-pointers, the second half saw Leopards called for ten fouls on 18 Barking offences, and the game developed into a free-throw shooting contest.but Hodges kept the scoreboard moving before Duru’s lay-up sent his side into the final break 52-41 ahead
Wood cut to the basket and scored to open the fourth period, but Abbey slowly chipped away at the lead as the foul count ticked up and with Sandiford splitting a pair at the line the advantage was cut to 56-53 at the five minute mark
Ade Adebayo – who’d torched Leopards for 35 in the first game – levelled the score with 4:12 on the clock and although Newman put his side back ahead before Adebayo gave Abbey their first lead since early in the second period with three minutes remaining.
Andre Lavinier put Leopard ahead with a trey against his old club before Adebayo levelled the game heading into the final 20 seconds to set up the grandstand finish.
Adebayo led the hosts with 18 points, six rebounds, five steals and three assists while Robin Bedford added 13 points and six boards.
2014 – Strong third period downs Flyers
A blistering third period display saw Leopards maintain their challenge for the EBL Division One title with a 78-73 victory against Bristol Academy Flyers, on Sunday.
Robert Youngblood’s team outscored the visitors 29-12 in the third quarter, draining five three-pointers and going on an 11-0 run to take a lead that they would never lose.
Captain Carl Josey has a season-high 26 points including five treys, adding 11 rebounds, while Howard Crawford finished with eight boards to go with his 22 points. Kris Clark had a 12 point, 11 assist double-double, with Courtney Van Beest finished with nine points, four rebounds and four assists as he started in place of Ish Fontaine. .
Jordan Ranklin opened the scoring for the Flyers, and the visitors scored the first six points before Josey got Leopards off the mark 85 seconds into the game with an and-one. .
Crawford made it a one point game, but although Josey hit the first trey, they trailed for the whole period and it took a Crawford basket with 15 seconds remaining to reduce the arrears to 20-16 at the first break .
Ranklin was again first off the mark at the start of the second period before a three point play from Van Best made it a three point game. .
Crawford also converted an and-one before Van Beest cut the lead to 25-24 with five minutes of the half remaining, but it was Flyers who finished strongly – scoring 13 of the final 20 points to lead 38-31 going into the locker room.
Youngblood’s animated half-time team talk certainly worked, despite Greg Streete opening the scoring for the West Country side.
Josey and Duane Lautier-Ogunleye exchanged scores from the Land of Plenty before Leopards went on the tear that put them in the driving seat. A pair of free-throws from Lawrence Brown launched the run, with Josey and Clark both scoring from downtown as Van Beest gave them the lead for the first time with 6:25 on the clock.
Another Josey trey took the lead out to five, and three pointers from Clark and Crawford made it a 13 point game before Streete hit a three to cut Leopards’ lead to 60-50 at the final break.
A poor start to the fourth period saw Tom Martin turn the ball over twice and miss a pair of threes as Flyers halved the lead, but a Josey dunk off Crawford’s assist followed by another trey from the Leopards’ captain made it a ten point game again with six minutes remaining.
There was still time for one more scare from the visitors as treys from Aistis Keliauskas and Roy Owen made it a four point game with 48 seconds remaining, but a Josey score followed by a Crawford free-throw wrapped up Leopards’ eighth win in 11 Division One games and moved them up to third.
Streete led Bristol with 20 points and six boards, while Doug McLaughlin Williams added 17 points and nine rebounds.