2012 – Leopards crush Thunder
Leopards moved to within touching distance of a place in the National Trophy quarter-finals as they hammered Worthing Thunder 90-64 on Sunday. The Big Cats led from tip to buzzer at Basildon Sporting Village, and a win at Hemel Storm on Saturday will seal qualification and give the big Cats an excellent chance of getting a top two finish and home court advantage in the quarter-finals.
Carl Josey led the Big Cats with an 18 point, 12 rebound double-double, adding five assists. Simon Cummings had eight assists to go with his 14 points, with Taner Adu also finishing on 14 points All nine Leopards – Rowell Graham and Simonas Bublys were again missing due to injury – got on the scoreboard Tom Martin having his best game as a Leopard with 13 points and four assists, and Greg Hernandez continued his comeback with 12 points and nine boards. Robert Youngblood’s side out-rebounded the visitors 39-24, and dished out an impressive 26 assists as they shot 53 percent from the floor including seven from 17 outside the arc.
Adu opened the scoring and Josey hit the first of three treys as Leopards blew into a 5-0 lead after two minutes, and Josey drained another from downtown to make it 10-4. Martin hit a pair at the foul line to keep Leopards ahead, and Youngblood scored off Adu’s assist to send Leopards into the first break 20-11 ahead. Despite Cummings sitting down on two fouls, the opening minutes of the second period saw Leopards take complete control as Hernandez, Martin and Duane Camille put them ahead by 15 before Adu (below)hit a three and Camille wrapped up the 15-0 run off Martin’s assist.
Worthing never got closer than 16 points in the rest of the half, and despite a harsh foul call and technical of Martin, they went into the locker room leading 43-27 at half-time
Hank Rivers – who led Thunder with 17 points and nine boards – opened the second half scoring and although Lawrence Brown replied, scores from Rivers and James
But Josey stopped the rot with three free-throws after being fouled by Brame, and pairs of foul shots from Brown and Cummings made it a 22 point game with three third period minutes remaining and although Worthing replied with a 9-2 run, the Big Cats went into the final period with a 60-45 lead amazon prime serien herunterladen.
Again it was Josey who ended the run by sinking a trey, and the lead never dipped below 16 again music from youtube mp3. The lead peaked at 32 with 71 seconds remaining when Dan Dunscombe followed up a three-point play with a massive dunk as the Big Cats moved up to third spot in the Group A table word downloaden studenten.
Leopards: C Josey (18), S Cummings (14), T Adu (14), T Martin (13), G Hernandez (12), D Dunscombe (7), L Brown (5), D Camille (5), R Youngblood (2)
2018 – Warriors feel Luke’s force
Leopards progressed to the National Cup fourth round with a thrilling 97-95 victory at old rivals Westminster Warriors, on Sunday. A massive trey from Luke Mascall-Wright wrapped up the win as the Big Cats held off a dogged Warriors side to set up a last 16 tie against either Nottingham Hoods or London Westside at the University of Essex.
Leopards raced out of the blocks to lead 10-3, but a timeout from Warriors’ coach Jon Johnson revitalised his side, and despite Rory Winter’s three-point buzzer beater, Thomas Baker’s side trailed 29-20 at the first break.
The Big Cats were 35-24 down with four minutes of the second period to play but rallied to only trail by two at half-time and a stunning third period saw them take a 71-62 lead into the final period.
Warrior responded with a run and it was nip and tuck throughout the fourth period, but it was Mascall-Wright who struck the dagger blow to put Leopards into the next round.
Chuck Duru led the Big Cats for the first time, finishing with 21 points, with Lee Hodges adding 15 and Winter 14
2000 – Eagles beater in thriller