2015 – Warriors end perfect Harlow record
Leopards saw their perfect record at Harlow LeisureZone ended on Saturday as Westminster Warriors took the National Trophy points with a 68-64 victory. The Big Cats had won their first nine games at the seventh place they have called home, but they came up short down the stretch against an experienced Warriors team that included former England internationals Mike Martin and Julius Joseph. It was also their first defeat under Steve Ogunjimi after five straight wins.
Six straight points from Will Ashby put Ogunjimi’s side 55-53 ahead going into the final five minutes and a basket from captain Albert Margai saw them lead by three with as many minutes remaining, but the visitors replied with a 7-0 run and never trailed again Ashby led the home side with 17 points, with former Warrior Justin Hitchman adding 14. Ladi Brown chipped in with 12, Margai added 11 and Tosin Oyelese again dominated the boards with 14 rebounds.
Former Leopard Martin led the London side with 17 points, with Jon Johnson finishing with 13.. The Big Cats welcomed back Courtney Van Beest but were without Tom Martin due to work commitments.
Brown opened the scoring for the Big Cats and Hitchman replied to Johnson’s leveller before an 8-0 run put the visitors 16-8 ahead with two first period minutes remaining
Oyelese hit a pair at the charity stripe to break the run, and Leopards fought their way back into the game with seven unanswered points capped by a three-point play from Hitchman, and although Martin hit five straight points, Margai cut the margin to 21-17 at the first break.
Treys from Ashby and Margai extended Leopards’ run to 21-7 giving them a 29-23 lead at the mid-stage of the second period but the game remained tight and it took three points from Brown to send the Big Cats into the locker room at half-time 36-33 ahead.
Joshua Palmer levelled the score with a trey to open the second half before scores Hitchman and Ashby made it 40-36 before an 8-0 run from the visitors gave them the lead. Brown split a pair at the line to break the run before a three-point play from Hitchman tied the score at 44 with a minute remaining in the third period. As the fouls continued to mount up, Warriors hit three-from-four at the stripe but Ashby cut the deficit to 47-46 going into the final break.
The visitors opened the fourth period strongly as Mantas Adomaitis hit a trey to cap a 6-2 run before Ashby hit five straight points to put Leopards up by two heading into the final five minutes. A trey from Mantas Adomaitis put Warriors 53-48 ahead with four final period minutes gone Van Beest launched an 11-3 run to see the lead change again before Warriors closed out the game strongly.
2008 – Leopards wrap up pre-season with a win
Harlow Hawks 74 (19,35,54) Leopards 91 (19,34,62)
Hrjove Pervan scored 25 second half points as Leopards wrapped up pre-season with a 91-74 victory at Harlow Hawks, on Friday evening.
Pervan finished with 27 points, while Fola Adeleke added 26 as a short-handed Leopards team overcame a slow start to finish their pre-season schedule with four wins from five games. Bradley Wilkinson added 17 points, Kenroy Wood 12 and Leigh Greenan nine as the six man Leopards team poured 57 second half points.
With no recognised point guard in their team, the visitors struggled in the first half, sharing 34 first period points before going into the half-time break trailing by one.
However a dominant second half meant the visitors were never in trouble.