On this day – Oct 15



Kent Crusaders v Essex Leopards 12 Oct 2014; Albert Margai;

With chairs being placed between the wall and the court it was clear that the conditions were far from ideal, and Leopards appealed the result .

The Basketball England Competitions Review Panel today ruled that the game should be replayed at a different venue on a date to be agreed.

This is the second time that Leopards have been granted a replay due to court problems in the National Trophy . The 2010/11 game at now defunct London Capital was declared void due to incorrect line markings, and the game was ordered to be replayed. The home side subsequently conceded the fixture . Ironically Leopards’ assistant coach that season was Lloyd Gardner who is now the Crusaders’ coach.


The home side looked to have recovered from a lacklustre display as Adeloula sent them into the final period 44-41 ahead, but the visitors went on a 10-0 run to grab a lead they would never lose .
Two-from-four foul shooting from Ladi Brown made it a one point game heading into the final 90 seconds, but the hosts didn’t trouble the scorers again, and Riders wrapped things up from the free-throw line .
Foul shooting proved to Leopards’ Achilles heal as they converted just five of their 16 attempts at the charity stripe.
 David Ajumobi led a Leopards’ side who were without the injured Mike Martin, finishing with 15 points and eight rebounds . Brown added 12 boards and eight points.
It was a poor shooting night from both sides as they both converted only 20 of their 63 field goal attempts, but Riders’ 52-42 rebounding advantage together with Leopards’ woes at the foul line proved to be decisive .
Alex Roberts – who led the visitors with 20 points – opened the scoring for the visitors before Brown’s missed pair of foul shots set the tone for the evening .
Levett Essex Leopards v Loughborough Riders, 15 Oct 2016; Ladi Brown;Ajumobi opened the scoring for Big Cats but a Roberts three point shot gave Riders a 9-2 lead before treys from Dougie Bennett and Brown dragged the hosts back into the game, and a three from Dominic Scott-Robinson launched a 7-0 run to send the hosts into the first break with a 15-14 lead .
Justin Hitchman put Leopards up by three with the first score of the second period before Sam Broughton launched  a 9-0 run to give Loughborough a 23-17 lead .Levett Essex Leopards v Loughborough Riders, 15 Oct 2016; David Ajumobi;
Treys from Brown and  Adeloula kept Leopards in the game but a score from the Land of Plenty by former Leopards Levi Noel saw Riders take a 31-26 lead into the locker room at half-time .
Ajumobi hit the first six Leopards’ points of the second half to move the home side within two points, and they closed the third period on an 11-2 run with Scott-Robinson against draining from downtown .
Those ten unanswered points from the visitors – who also had Reiss Pinnock in double figures with a 12 point, 16 rebound double-double –  launched an 18-8 fourth quarter, and Leopards will now look to bounce back when they host Manchester Magic on Sunday.

2011 – Sulli praises Leopards

GREAT Britain captain Drew Sullivan had praise for Leopards after he proved to the catalyst in Jelson Homes DU Leicester Riders’ 104-78 BBL Trophy victory against the Big Cats on Saturday evening.

The GB skipper hit five of six shots both inside and outside the three point line on the way to a 30-point, eight rebound night but was impressed by Dejan Mihevc’s team: “They’re a tough group of kids. I don’t really know much about the EBL, but I’m sure they’re one of the top teams. It was always going to be tough for them playing against us, and I think they blew their gasket a bit in the first quarter. They had to put a lot of work in during the first period and I think it showed later in the game, but they played hard and did well for themselves as far as I’m concerned.”

Leopards’ Americans Ousman Krubally and Vernon Teel each finished with 24 points, with the former adding a massive 17 rebounds. Both players were victims of some harsh calls in the first period as they each picked up three fouls, and it was while they sat on the bench at the start of the second quarter that Riders took control, going on a 21-1 run to blow open a tied game.

Leopards continue their travels with a BBL Trophy game at Prestige Home MK Lions on Sunday evening.

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