On this day – Oct 19

2008 – Leopards progress in Cup

Leopards 108 (22,47,75) Oxford Brookes University 85 (27,53,67)
Gareth Laws led the scoring for the second night in succession as Leopards made hard work of progressing to the National Cup third round. Laws took his weekend tally to 65 with 33 points as the Big Cats produced a strong second half performance to make it nine straight wins. Hrvoje Pervan added 26 points, while Carl Latham Henry continued his comeback with 18.
A sluggish start to the game saw Yannick Bulamwe score three points as Oxford opened a 5-4 lead, and although Laws put Leopards in the lead with an “and-one”, the home side were never able to pull away, and it took a Latham-Henry basket to cut the deficit to 27-22 at the first break.
That lead was trimmed to one as Pervan opened the second period with back-to-back baskets before Arthur Robinson scored from inside the paint. A Latham-Henry “and-one” levelled things, but with Leopards 44-42 down going into the final two minutes of the half Oxford nine unanswered points before five Laws points kept the visitors’ lead down to six going into the locker room at half-time.
A Bradley Wilkinson free-throw opened the second half scoring, but it took a 13-0 run capped by a Pervan three to finally give Leopards the lead as they went into the final three minutes of the period with a 64-58 lead.

Oxford refused to lay down and replied with eight unanswered points to give the visitors a 67-66 advantage. That proved to be the last time that Oxford led, and five straight Latham-Henry points followed by baskets from Laws and Lukas Volskis sent Leopards into the final break leading 73-67. That 9-0 run was broken at the start of the fourth quarter by a Robinson three, but back-to-back Laws scores from the Land of Plenty gave Leopards their first double digit lead of the game. Oxford had one last run, with five straight points, but a 10-0 tear started and finished by Laws effectively killed the game off as Leopards took 91-75 lead into the final four minutes.
Laws, Pervan and Kenroy Wood all had time to add to the margin with three pointers, but despite the margin of victory coach Jon Burnell was still far from satisfied: “It was probably the worst 23 point win I’ve ever coached” he admitted. “We lacked any defensive intensity in the first half, but at least we got the win, and I was pleased with how Bradley played.”
Leopards: G Laws 33, H Pervan 26, C Latham-Henry 18, B Wilkinson 9, K Wood 6, L Greenan 6, L McCarthy 6, L Volskis 4, S Salter.



Leopards coach Thomas Baker was clearly frustrated after his side went down 92-84 at Westminster Warriors, on Saturday .
A poor start proved to be Leopards’ downfall as they trailed 32-12 with a minute of the first period remaining.
They outscored the home side 74-60 in the rest of the game, they never moved any closer than a four point deficit midway through the fourth period as Warriors hung on for the win .
“For the second week in a row we’re in a basketball game competing and making it tough for the opposition, however, we are unable at the moment to close games out” said Baker .
“Apart from the slow start we showed that we have the resilience needed to fight back in a game and we have the quality to hurt teams.
“Some poor decisions down the stretch and lapses on defence allowed Westminster to pull away in the end . I am seeing glimpses of us heading in the right direction, we therefore must stay committed to us throughout this tough patch we are in at the moment.”

Chester Jets 91
Adidas Greater London Leopards 78
Budweiser British Basketball League

@ Northgate Arena

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