2001 – Leopards rock to first win
Edinburgh Rocks 78 (13,29,46)
Ted Berry 20, Brendan Graves 16, Ryan Huntley 13
DG London Leopards Kool Kats 78 (13,39,61)
Maurice Robinson 23, Rico Alderson 17, Rod Brown 16
BBL Championship @ Meadowbank Sports Centre
DG London Leopards Kool Kats picked up their first win of the season with a 78-62 success away to Edinburgh Rocks on Sunday night.
The visitors made their charge in the third quarter, as they kept the Rocks to just two baskets in a seven-minute spell, which moved the Leopards 21 points clear at 54-33.
This came following a close first half, which saw Leopards only start to pull away at the end of the second quarter with nine unanswered points.
Ted Berry scored 20 points for Edinburgh, but it was Leopards’ Maurice Robinson who led all scorers with 23 points to his name.
2007 – Leopards through in Cup
Leopards 102 (23,54,82) Hackney White Heat 91 (17,38.61)
A season-high 28 points from Gareth Laws helped Leopards into the third round of the National Cup on Sunday afternoon. The Big Cats will now face Division Two side BCU Wolverhampton at Wodson Park on Sunday November 11, with a home tie in the quarter-finals awaiting the winner.
With Lloyd Gardner coaching in Jon Burnell’s absence, the home side never trailed against Division Three side White Heat, but the visitors refused to lie down, and it wasn’t until Laws drained his six three-pointer of the night with two minutes remaining that the win was finally sealed. Big men Nathan Wilson and Alex Scotland-Williamson returned after missing the previous night’s loss at Worthing, but Fola Adeleke sat out with an injured thumb.
Three-point shooting proved to be the key in the Big Cats’ victory, and they gave an early indication of that with Lucas Volskis opening the scoring from beyond the arc. Three treys and an “and-one” from Laws saw the shooting guard help the home side into a 15-10 lead at the midway stage of the first period, and a three-pointer from captain Sam Salter saw them go into the first break with a 23-17 lead. Four points from both Wilson and Carl Latham-Henry saw Leopards open a 35-24 lead with four minutes of the second period gone, and they kept their double-digit advantage with treys from Salter and Laws.
A pair of Deng Deng free-throws took the lead out to 14, and a Salter trey sent Leopards into the locker room with a 54-38 lead.
That lead grew to 18 points as Latham-Henry and Laws opened the second half scoring, and a basket from the former saw Leopards ahead by 20 points at the midway stage of the third period. Salter drained another three-pointer, and Leopards went into the final break with a 21 point lead
A Wilson put-back extended the lead to 23 points three minutes into the final stanza, but an 11-2 run from the visitors cut the margin back to 11 points with three minutes remaining. Scores from Latham-Henry and Salter kept the scoring ticking over, and Laws iced the victory with another long range shot to send Leopards into the last 16.
2000 – Bullets blunted by Leopards