On this day – April 6

2013 – The Comeback Kids do it again

Leopards recorded another come-from-behind win as they kept their hopes of home court advantage in the play-offs alive with a 94-91 win at Tees Valley Mohawks on Saturday.
The Big Cats had a brief lead in the first period and then trailed until Rowell Graham put them ahead with 94 seconds remaining as they repeated their National Trophy final success against the north east side.
Greg Hernandez led the way for the Big Cats with 28 points, 13 rebounds and four assists, while Carl Josey hit five three-pointers on the way to a 19 point, eight rebound game. Graham added 14 points and eight boards for Robert Youngblood’s team while Simon Cummings finished with 12 points, nine assists, eight rebounds and four steals.
Josey’s three pointer gave Leopards an early 7-6 lead, but the home side quickly took the initiative and DJ Glavin’s basket sent them into the first break with a 30-23 lead. Cummings opened the second quarter scoring with a three off Tom Martin’s assist, but the period saw a catalogue of Leopards’ turnovers and the hosts led by as many as 16 when Glavin scored with 4:32 on the clock. Youngsters Graham and Duane Camile chipped away at the lead and Lawrence Brown made it a nine point game going into the last minute before Mohawks scored the final five points of the half to send them into the locker room with a 55-41 lead.

Jorge Ebanks opened the second half scoring from the foul line to extend the Mohawks lead to 16 again and the closes Leopards came in the third period was when Hernandez scored with 2:27 on the clock to make it a ten point game. Josey drained a three to make it 76-66 heading into the final 40 seconds, but Glavin wrap up the third period scoring to take his side into the final break
Hernandez opened the fourth quarter with back-to-back baskets to make it an eight point game but Glavin replied with a jump shot and David Hanson – who had a superb game in the Trophy final – hit his only three point shot of the night to take the lead back up to 13
Hernandez hit a pair of jump shots split by a Martin trey as Leopards cut the deficit to eight and Tees Valley began to look shaky. It was still a seven point game with four minutes on the clock before Graham grabbed Josey’s miss and scored to cut the lead to 87-82.
Cummings made it a three point game heading into the final three minutes and with 2:02 remaining Josey nailed a three to tie the score.  Mohawks were clearly rattled now, and Ebanks was called for an offensive foul before Graham gave the visitors their first lead since the opening stages off Cummings’ assist.
After Ebanks had missed a trey, another offensive board from Graham saw Josey hit a dagger three to put Leopards five up with 49 seconds on the clock. Ebanks finally got a shot to fall, but that was as good as it got for the home and Hernandez wrapped up another memorable victory from the  foul line.

2002 – BBL play-offs


London Leopards 88 Newcastle Eagles 94

Coventry Sky Dome


2019 – Thunder end play-off hopes

Leopards’ season ended in disappointment as they exited the Division One play-offs with a 107-85 loss at Worthing Thunder.
With a depleted side missing American forward Asante Sandiford who couldn’t be arsed to play Andre Lavinier, and with coach Thomas Baker forced to kit up so they had the minimum eight players, the Big Cats found the high-scoring Thunder side too hot to handle.
In the absence of Sandiford, Rory Winter stepped up to finish with a season-high 27 points and three rebounds. Sam Newman went agonisingly close to a triple double, draining five treys on the way to 19 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. Lee Hodges had nine rebounds to go with his 17 points, Findlay Wood finished with 13 points and six assists, while Chuck Duru completed the scoring with nine points.
But the Big Cats had no answer to veteran American duo Zaire Taylor and Alex Owumni. Taylor finished with 34 points, ten rebounds and seven assists, while Owumni had 23 points and seven boards.
Hodges opened the visitors’ scoring before a Wood trey gave Leopards the lead with his first three-pointer, and Hodges dunked to for their final lead of the gam.
But the hosts replied with an 11-2 run capped by a fast-break by former Leopard Ish Fontaine and the British guard sent his side into the first break with a 33-19 lead.
Triples from Wood and Newman saw the Big Cats cut the deficit to eight midway through the second period, but that was as close as they came as Thunder went into the locker room with a 58-45 lead gta vice city pc download kostenlos deutsch vollversion.
Winter and Newman kept Leopards in touch during the first three minutes of the second half, but Thunder took control after that and Taylor closed out a 23-10 run to send his side into the final break with a commanding 87-62 lead.
Hodges, who was double-teamed all night in the absence of Sandiford, carved open the home defence three time in the early minutes of the fourth period, and Duru hit a triple to cut the lead to 19.
But despite eight points from Winter and a couple of decent jump shots from Wood, that was as good as it got as Leopards’ season came to a close.

2014 – Warriors hammered in league finale

The Big Cats wrapped up the league season with a comfortable 83-59 victory against Westminster Warriors at the Brentwood Centre on Sunday evening.

After Kris Clark had scored the opening two baskets of the game to spark a 10-3 start to the game the Big Cats led from tip-to-buzzer as they picked up their 20th league victory of the campaign.

A pair of Olabiyi Odumosu free-throws cut the home side’s lead to one with two first period minutes remaining, but Durant sparked 9-1 run with Lawrence Brown and Courtney Van Beest also getting on the scoresheet as the hosts ended the first period  with a 25-16 lead.

With Youngblood running his bench for much of the second period, the lead grew to 12 as George Naiwo drained a trey to open the second period. Former Big Cat Tom Martin drained a trey to make it a nine point game, but a Clark trey saw Leopards lead back up to 13 and Marvin Isobar sent the Leopards go into the locker room with a 42-33 advantage.

Crawford and Jonathan Johnson exchanged baskets as both started the second half slowly, but successful trips to the foul line by Crawford and Clark saw Leopards’ lead grow to 52-39 with 5:30 on the clock. Carl Josey kept the lead in double figures, and Leopards extend that lead to 60-47 at the final break as Naiwo and Brown helped them finish strongly

Leopards’ strength in depth proved crucial in the last ten minutes as the visitors were outscored 23-12. A Ronnie Baker foul on Laken Popoola saw the former Guildford Heat guard hit all three free-throws to open the fourth period  but that was as good as it got for the visitors as Van Beest replied at the other end.

Josey drained from the Land of Plenty to keep the home side comfortably in front, and baskets from Crawford and Durant made it a 16 point game heading into the final three minutes to effectively seal the win. The bench players returned to action at that stage, with Naiwo and Brown both scoring off Ioan Nickson assists before the Welsh international also scored to make it a 22 points game and Isobar drained a trey to wrap things up.

Crawford led Leopards with 15 points and seven rebounds, with Clark and Brown adding 14 points apiece. Josey [left] had eight boards to go with his 11 points, while Durant pulled down a massive 15 rebounds along with his eight points.

Justin Hitchman led Warriors with a 16 point, 11 rebound double-double, with acting coach Johnson adding 15 points and seven boards.  Rebounding proved to crucial as the Big Cats’ dominated 60-35 on the glass.

2002 – Play-off woe for Leopards

Newcastle Eagles 94 (20,51,73)
Shawn Myers 26, TJ Walker 25, Malcolm Leak 21
DG London Leopards Kool Kats 88 (18,42,70)
Rod Brown 24, Rico Alderson 19, Martin Henlan 14
BBL Championship, Round One @ Skydome Arena, Coventry
Newcastle Eagles progressed through to the quarter-finals of the BBL Championship with a 94-88 over DG London Leopards Kool Kats in Round One.
Leopards enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges and led 38-31 four minutes from the interval. But TJ walker hit eight as Newcastle finished the half strongly with a 20-4 tear to lead 51-42. Newcastle’s advantage peaked at 67-54, before Leopards rallied and leveled the game at 76 early in the final period.
Eagles made the decisive run in the dying minutes when back-to-back Jeremy Hyatt scores sparked an 10-3 burst to leave the Eagles 91-83 clear with just 53s left. Eagles reward for victory is a quarter-final match-up with the BBL Southern Conference runners-up Brighton Bears tomorrow (6.00).
Shawn Myers led all scorers with 26, whilst TJ Walker chipped in 25 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Rod Brown led the Leopards with 24 points including 5-for-8 three point shooting.

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