2019- Dragons slain by rampant Leopards
Leopards moved into the play-off zone on Sunday afternoon as a strong third period helped them to a 91-79 victory against Bradford Dragons at the Brentwood Centre. After the comeback heroics of the previous day, it was saw a more controlled performance from Leopards as another good night from outside the three-point line – hitting 16 of their 44 efforts – saw them collect their seventh win of the campaign..
Asante Sandiford led the way with 20 points, ten assists and seven rebounds, while Luke Mascall-Wright also added 20 points, adding four assists and three boards. Captain Sam Newman finished with 17 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals while Lee Hodges had 16 points and six boards.
After a slow start from both teams that saw only eight points in the first five minutes – Leopards only troubling the scorer through Newman’s triple to open the game, it was nip and tuck throughout the opening period as Dragons led 14-13 at the first break..
Four Hodges points opened the second period for Leopards before Andre Lavinier hit his customary trey before Rory Winter also drained from downtown to put the hosts 29-25 ahead with three minutes remaining in the half. Six unanswered points late in the second quarter helped give the Big Cats a 36-29 lead before three-from-four foul shooting by the visitors made it a four point game going into the locker room. .
Dragons came out of the break firing with Ricky Fetske hitting five points in a 7-0 run before Sandiford broke the tear with a pair from the foul line.
The key spell came as Mascal-Wright, Newman and Sandiford all drained a pair of treys the Big Cats took a lead e they would never lose and Sandiford’s put-back sent them into the final break 63-56 ahead.
Hodges and Chuck Duru kept the home side ahead at the start of the fourth period and Findley Wood also got into the action from downtown.
Newman sunk his fifth and final trey of the night and closest the visitors came was seven points on the back of another 7-0 Fetske run, but Mascall-Wright replied with ten straight Leopards’ points to wrap up the win.
Rihard Sulcs led the Dragons with 24 points, ten rebounds and seven assists, while Fetske also had a double-double with 19 points and a massive 20 rebounds as the visitors won the battle of the boards 47-37 Ali Fullah finished with points.
2013 – Leopards lose in Reading
Leopards suffered their fifth league defeat of the season as they went down 74-63 at unbeaten leaders Reading Rockets on Sunday. The game was one of only five out of the scheduled 52 men’s league games to take place, with Leopards making the longest trip of any of the visiting teams, but their efforts weren’t rewarded with a win as Rockets finished strongly.
“We did the right thing by playing the game, despite the result” said general manager Dave Ryan. “I we’d been away to one of the north east clubs or in Yorkshire, it would have been different, but I couldn’t believe some of the games were postponed this weekend.It’s an indoor sport!”
Greg Hernandez led the Leopards with 20 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Graham showed that he really is back to his best after missing much of the season with a broken wrist, finishing 15 points, four rebounds and three blocks in just 16 minutes of action. Simon Cummings added 12 points, five steals and four rebounds