2016 – Heart-breaker for Leopards
Leopards were made to pay for foul shooting as they went down 69-68 against Hemel Storm, on Friday evening. Steve Ogunjimi’s side converted just ten of their 24 visits to the free-throw line, and despite having 14 more field goal attempts and forcing nine more turnovers than Storm, a Leon Henry buzzer-beating three consigned them to defeat.
2018 – Comfortable win for Big Cats
Sam Newman led the way for the Leopards with 26 points as Oaklands Wolves were beaten 115-53, on Sunday.
Lee Hodges added 18 and Luke Mascall-Wright 13 as Thomas Baker’s team collected their first win of the campaign.
Four Mascall-Wright points helped the visitors into an early 6-2 lead, but the college side put a good run together, and five points from Afolabi helped them take a 16-14 advantage with four first period minutes remaining.
That proved to be as good as it got for the home team, though, and a trey from Newman helped Leopards close out the period on a 16-8 run to lead 34-24 at the first break Hodges hit 11 second period points as the Big Cats held the home side to two points in the first eight minutes of the quarter, pouring in 21 of their own before former Wolf Wes Moore wrapped up the half to send Leopards into the locker room with a 59-28 lead.
Leopards’ run was extended to 34-4 as they opened the third period with nine unanswered points, and Dion Easton scored the final four points of the quarter to give the visitors an 85-38 lead at the final break.
Newman hit a trey to open the final stanza, and his pair of free-throws took Leopards to the century mark with 4:27 on the clock, and there was still time for a Tom Child triple as the Big Cats closed out the win.