2013 – Blazers beaten at Brentwood
Leopards overcame a slow start to move a step closer to the Division One title as Derby Trailblazers were beaten for a 17th straight league win. American pair Vernon Teel and Ousman Krubally were again in unstoppable form, combining for 48 points and – if my memory accurate – Teel finished with a triple-double and Krubally a double-double.
|BA London Leopards||17||19||18||24||–||–||–||–||78|
|BA London Leopards||Derby Trailblazers|
|Teel 25||Gayle 24|
|Krubally 23||Kakad 18|
|Buchberger 10||Whittington 12|
2017 – Overtime loss at Lituanica
What a contrast to the above game, other than I can’t find a report on either, as Leopards moved within a game of relegation. The Big Cats led for 39 of the 40 minutes in regulation time at East London University before losing 88-83 in double overtime
|London Lituanica||Essex Leopards|
|Mantas Guzys 25||AJ Roberts 25|
|Edvinas Vaupsas 17||M. Martin 19|
|Julius Visockas 16||J. Hitchman 13|
2018 – Injury-hit Leopards defeated in Middlesex
Injury-hit Leopards saw their hopes of home court advantage in the play-offs take a major hit as they went down 74-58 loss at Middlesex LTBC, on Sunday. Sunday’s loss in Northolt saw the Big Cats struggle to score, converting just 28 percent of their field goal attempts and for the second week in succession they had more shots than the opposition but went down to a double digit defeat.
Captain Dougie Bennett is likely to miss the rest of the season with a back injury, while youngsters Caleb Taberner, Jordan George and Jose Morais were also out of action and they lost Wes Moore after he was clattered driving to the basket in the first half. The loss of Scottish international Bennett clearly hurt the Big Cats as they struggle offensively all game.
Jerrell Layne led the visitors’ scoring with 15 points off 22 shots, adding five rebounds. Jamie Rodwell had arguably this best game since signing for the Big Cats last season, finishing with 13 points and six boards. Shaq Lewis again provided a spark off the bench, with 13 points and three rebounds.
Layne opened the scoring with a trey, and the Big Cats started well as Moore gave them a 14-10 lead at the midway stage of the first period. But that proved to be the last time they troubled the scorer for more than four minutes as they went into the first break trailing 21-16.
A score from Rodwell followed by a triple and a lay-up from Lewis tied the score at 23 with just over three second period minutes gone. That proved to be as good as it got for the visitors as Krasauskas scored from downtown, and they went into the locker room 39-30 down.
Layne converted a lay-up to make it a five point game midway through the third period but despite a three-point Lewis play, the Big Cats went into the final break with a 53-42 deficit.
Lewis hit a trey to make cut the hosts’ lead to eight with five minutes remaining, but that was as close as Leopards came and the Big Cats will hope that some of their injured players can return for the Greenhouse games,
2007 – Injury hit Leopards win at Arrows
Sheffield Arrows 76 (24,34,53)
Leopards 80 (20,40,66)
Leopards kept their hopes of a home play-off spot alive with a fine win at Sheffield on Sunday. The victory ensured that they will not finish lower than fifth, therefore avoiding a tricky trip to National Cup Manchester Magic in the play-offs, and gave Leopards revenge for last week’s heartbreaking loss against the Arrows.
The win was made more remarkable by the manner in which it was achieved. With Duncan Ogilvie still injured, Leopards travelled to Yorkshire with only seven players, and were further hit by a leg injury to point guard James Ncholson midway through the second period, which kept him our for the rest of the game.
With Calvin Fowler in constant foul trouble, which restricted him to under ten minutes court time and kept him scoreless for the first time this season, the Big Cats played most of the second half with the same five-man unit. Some balanced scoring helped the visitors, with Sam Salter and Joe Ikhinmwin leading the way with 16 points, as the Big Cats had five players in double figures. Clint Deas scored Sheffield’s first eight points of the game, but with Jerrid Campbell reply with six points, the visitors stayed in touch.
Both of Leopards’ Americans, Fowler and Campbell, finished the first period sitting on the bench having picked up two fouls each, but with Nicholson scoring eight points and Lloyd Gardner draining a late three, Leopards went into the first break with a four point deficit.
The opening four minutes of the second period proved to be a dour period, Arrows outscoring Leopards 6-2, but a pair of Errol Seaman free-throws sparked Leopards into life as they went on a 10-0 run. Seaman added a second pair of free-throws, Nichsolson scored three point and Ikhinmwin got off the mark as Leopards took a 32-30 lead before Szafraniec broke the run. Salter replied with a trey, and with Ikhinmwn adding four points, Leopards went into the locker room with a 40-34 lead.
With Fowler still on the bench, having picked up his third foul midway through the second period, Leoopards started the second half with their only other available players, and proceded to take control with an 11-0 run.
Salter proved to be the hot-man, scoring two long range jump shots before draining a trey to put the Big Cats 51-36 ahead, as they produced some good fast breaks off some tough defence.
From then on it was a matter of Leopards controlling the tempo of the game, and trying to stay out of foul trouble. Fowler returned briefly to give Seaman a rest, but he quickly picked up his fourth foul, and coach Jon Burnell never put him back in the action. A pair of Lloyd Gardner free-throws kept the Big Cat’s lead in double figures, and a Seaman basket sent the visitors into the final break with 66-53 lead
An and-one from Ikhinmwn kept Leopards ahead by 12 in the early stages of the fourth quarter, but as the Big Cats tired, three points from Andre Rankinecut the margin to eight with two and a half minutes remaining.
Deas cut the lead to five with a free-throw in the final minute before fouling out, but two-from-four foul shooting from Campbell effectively wrapped things up, and although Bell hit a buzzer-beating three it was too late to prevent the Big Cats sealing the win to set up Saturday’s game against London Capitals to decide fourth place.
Leopards: S Salter 16, J Ikhinmwn, E Seaman 15, J Campbell 14, J Nicholson 12, L Gardner 7, C Fowler