On this day – Nov 3
2013 – Leopards double up in north east
Leopards completed a north east double as they recorded a 74-71 success at Team Northumbria on Sunday
It was a contrasting story to the previous day’s win at Tees Valley as the Big Cats came good in the second half to chalk up their fourth straight victory . Howard Crawford was clearly over the previous day’s injury as he led the way for the Essex side with 27 points, while Kris Clark added 14 and Carl Josey 11.
Leopards shaded the first period 24-23 but the hosts took control in the second period to outscore them 20-15 and lead by four at the half-time break .
The third period proved to be key for Youngblood’s side as they outscored the home team 19-13 to take a 58-56 lead into the final break .
That lead grew to 65-60 at the five minute mark but an 8-3 run from the home side saw them tie the game with 148 seconds on the clock.
That was as good as it got for the Geordies as they were held to a single point in the next 90 seconds as Leopards opened a 72-69 lead and Leopards again proved to be cool down the stretch to open the season with back-to-back wins in the league for the first time since 2008 .
The Big Cats started well with Findlay Wood hitting eight points, including two three-pointers, as they led 14-10 after five minutes but they trailed 24-20 at the first break and failed to score during the first four minutes of the second half as Derby took control of the game .
Derby led 49-38 at half-time and extended that advantage by four in the third period before wrapping the win up with a 28-20 final stanza .
Lee Hodges had another massive night on the boards for Leopards with 22 rebounds and a team-high 13 points .
Wood, Rory Winter and Sam Newman all finished with 12 points, with skipper Newman adding six rebounds, while Luke Mascall-Wright chipped in with ten points but Leopards’ reliance on the three point shot – despite hitting only 12 from 38 – proved to their undoing .
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