2015 – No Leopards magic in Manchester
It was a case of after the Lord Mayor’s Show for Leopards last Saturday as they wrapped up their league campaign with an 81-57 loss at Manchester Magic – their heaviest defeat of the season.
With little to play for, and facing a team who were still chasing the runners-up spot in the league, Leopards were second best all evening and after Matic Zupanc had tied the score at two the hosts reeled off seven straight points to take a lead they would never lose.
Dave Ajumobi broke the run off an Albert Margai assist and after the hosts had moved into a double digit lead, scores from Tosin Oyelese and Lawrence Brown followed pair of Ladi Brown free-throws kept the visitors in touch, trailing 20-12 at the first break
With coach Robert Youngblood running his bench in the second period, it proved to be a long ten minutes for the Big Cats , and it took three minutes for Courtney Van Beest to get their first field goal they were outscored 27-13 in the stanza to go into the locker room 47-25 down.
Zupanc sunk a trey to open the third period and Lawrence Brown scored a tip-in before a Byron Richards trey, but although the Big Cats shaded the quarter 14-13, they still trailed 60-39 at the final break as Ellis Cooper beat the buzzer with a jump.
Magic scored the first two baskets of the fourth period before Zupanc hit a triple and then provided the assist for Richards to do likewise, but that proved to be as good as it got for the visitors as Manchester won the final stanza 21-18 to wrap up the win.
Lawrence Brown led the Leopards for the first time with a 13 point, ten rebound double-double, with LadiBrown and Zupanc had 11 points apiece and Byron Richards ten. The home side were led by 22 points, ten rebounds and five assists from Cooper while Franc Garcia Garrido added 13 points and seven boards.
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