1994 – Chester Jets 72 Leopards 87
2006 – Top chances improve
Essex & Herts Leopards 88 (26,49,63) Kingston Wildcats 75 (25,40,57)
The Big Cats kept up their chase for a top four spot with an 88-75 victory against Kingston Wildcats at Goresbrook on Saturday evening. Demetrice Williams agait led the scoring for Jon Burnell’s side with 19 points in a game they led from late in the first quarter, but never managed to seal until the final period.
Troy Selvey added 17 for the home side, but it was captain Matt Eames (pictured) who made the biggest impression as his hit a season-high 16 points to lead the Big Cats to their 13th league victory of the season.
Selvey opened the scoring with a put-back, and went on to score nine in the quarter, but the two teams were neck-and-neck for all the first period.
Seven straight points from Mike Williams helped Kinston open up a three point lead, but despite Selvey being forced to sit down on two foul with 93 seconds of the period remaining, four points in the final minute from Eames sent his team into the first break 26-25 ahead.
The visitors scored the first four points of the second period, and although former Kingston player Sam Salter levelled the score with his second three pointer of the night, it took until the sixth minute of the quarter for Leopards to regain the lead with a James Warwick basket off Demetrice Williams assists for Leopards to regain a slender lead.
That was the start of a seven point burst for Warwick, and he added an assist Dave Jones before Errol Seaman scored from close range to send the Big Cats into half-time on the back of a 9-1 run with a 49-40 lead Warwick opened the second half scoring to take his tally to 13 points, but the third period saw neither side able to put together any kind of run. The defences remaining on top as Leopards saw their lead cut by three to 63-57 at the final break.
eopards noticeably stepped up at the start of the fourth period, and four points from Eames helped the Big Cats take that lead out to 12 by the midway point in the fourth period. However a silly foul from Williams on Wildcats’ Mike Williamson in the act of shooting a three, gave the visitors a way back. With coach Burnell picking up a technical foul for shouting at his own players, the visitors cut the lead to nine with a six-point play.
That proved to be as close as the visitors got, as Selvey scored four points, and as the visitors were forced to foul to stop the clock, the Big Cats wrapped up the victory from the charity stripe.
2017 – Warriors woe for Leopards
A dismal display at Harlow Leisurezone on Saturday saw Levett Leopards lose 64-58 against basement side Westminster Warriors. The London side arrived in Harlow bottom of the table with an 0-17 record and had lost all 21 games against Division One opposition this season, but the Big Cats managed to let a double-digit lead in the third period slip as they crashed to an embarrassing defeat.