Dave Ajumobi hit a trey to open the scoring, and a three point play from Albert Margai kept the Big Cats in front, 8-5 after three minutes of action. A Julius Visockas three gave the visitors their first lead of the game at 12-11 with four minutes, but a pair of Lawrence Brown free-throws restored the hosts lead, and the Big Cats edged a tight first period 17-14 as Lucas Winegarner hit a hook shot with the final score of the period .
Brown continued to lead the hosts’ offence, hitting back-to-back shots, and the teams were tied at 27midway through the second period but a three-pointer from Will Ashby launched a 9-0 run, and the Big Cats went into the locker room with a 38-32 half-time lead .
Byron Richards made it an eight-point game with the opening score of the second half but that was as good as it got for the hosts as Visockas launched the run that saw the London side pour in 16 unanswered points .
Margai eventually broke the run with a pair of foul shots, and he narrowed the gap to two with at the charity stripe following a technical foul on Paulius Rašamavičius before driving to the basket for a layup .
Aušridas Petraitis and Paulius Adomaitis put the visitors back in charge before Margai cut the deficit to 52-46 at the final break .
Ashby scored the Land of Plenty to halve that lead at the start of the fourth period and Winegarner made it a two point game with 8:30 on the clock .
That proved to be as good as it got for Robert Youngblood’s team as Visockas hit another triple and the same player made it a ten point game at the foul line with just under two minutes remaining .
Ashby took his personal tally to 12 points with another score from downtown to give the hosts some hope, but the home side never came closer than six points as the Lithuanians wrapped up the win at the foul line.
Brown led Leopards with 17 points while Margai added ten.
Adidas Greater London Leopards 89
London Towers 91
Budweiser British Basketball League
@ London Arena