2011 – MK win the battle of the big cats
Leopards 65 (26,40,56) MK Lions 93 (25,45,68)
LEOPARDS gave full-time side MK Lions a Halloween fright before going down by 28 points in their latest BBL Trophy game on Sunday. The scoreline flattered the visitors who trailed 26-25 at the first break before edging ahead to lead 45-40 at half-time.
Will Ohuaregbo bounced back from an ankle injury suffered the previous days to lead the hosts with a 15 point, ten rebound double-double, while Vernon Teel added 14 points and five assists despite a tough shooting performance. Ousman Krubally and John Lister each finished with 12 points, with the former adding eight boards.
Howard Crawford and Demarius Bolds gave MK an early 5-0 lead, but a 5-0 run capped by a Lukas Volskis basket levelled things at 7-7. A Krubally dunk gave Leopards their first lead of the game at 16-15 with 7:14 gone, and Lister sent them into the first break with a single point lead as he sunk a trey.
Bolds hit a three to open the second period as MK took a lead they would never lose, but a three-point play from Ohuaregbo kept Leopards in touch and with Lister hitting five straight points to close out the half, the Big Cats only trailed by five going into the locker room.
An 8-0 run from the visitors put them firmly in charge at the start of the second half before Volskis drained from downtown and the Big Cats remained in touch in the third period, with Ohuaregbo cutting the deficit to 68-56 at the final break.
The hosts noticeably before they ran out of steam in the fourth period as Lions did a good job of closing down Lister and Krubally and closed out the win which put them in the semi-final.
Leopards: W Ohuaregbo 15, V Teel 14, O Krubally 12, J Lister 12, D Buchberger 5, L Volskis 5, Z Wells 2, R Alexis, D Norton, J Johnson, M Adomantis, J Lockkwood.