On this day – Nov 10

2007 – Latham-Henry leads Leopards’ Bristol win

Bristol Academy Flyers 74 (18,43,55) Leopards 81 (20,41,57)
Carl Latham-Henry led the way with 24 points as Leopards return from much-fancied Bristol with their fourth consecutive victory, on Saturday. With Sam Salter and Stix Bright chipping in with 14 points, the Big Cats produced a strong finish to the game to remain joint top of the EBL Division One.
In a tight game throughout, it the was the hosts who opened the scoring through 7ft American Adam Simons, but three point plays from Bright and Gareth Laws put Leopards into a lead they never lost in the first period. Nine straight Latham-Henry points saw Leopards lead 16-11 with two minutes of the quarter remaining before a 7-2 Bristol run leveled the score, only for Fola Adeleke to score a lay-up and send the Big Cats into the first break with a 20-18 lead.
A single Simons’ free-throw saw Bristol halve the Leopards’ lead in the opening minute of the second period before scores from Matt Eames, Bright and Adeleke saw the visitors open a 26-19 lead. Any thoughts that Leopards would run away with the game were swiftly ended as Bristol replied with a 14-2 run included nine points from Tony Watson and a three-point play Gareth Till play to put the home side 33-28 ahead. Laws broke the run with a jump shot, with Salter then leveling the score with a trey, and tight end to the first half saw Leopards go into the locker room trailing 43-41.
The third period proved to be a defensive slog, with only teams only scoring 28 points between them, and despite Latham-Henry scoring six straight points for the visitors, Bristol remained in the lead for the first five minutes of the quarter. Lee McCarthy tied the score with 4:27 remaining in the period, and after a pair of Gregg Streete free-throws had put the hosts back in the lead, Bright again leveled things before scores from Adeleke and Latham-Henry sent Leopards into the final break with a two point lead.
Five points from captain Salter kept Leopards two points ahead after three and a half minutes fourth period action. Scores from Laws, Eames and Salter maintained that lead before back-to-back McCarthy score put them 74-70 ahead going into the final two minutes.
A Salter turnover wasted a chance for Leopards to go six ahead, but some good defence kept the home side down to two points in the last two minutes, and four Salter free-throws together with a Latham-Henry basket iced the win against a side expected to challenge for a top four spot this season.
Leopards: C Latham-Henry 24, A Bright 14, S Salter 14, L McCarthy 8, G Laws 7, F Adeleke 6, M Eames 4, L Greenan 4, L Volskis.


A massive performance from former BBL stand-out Zaire Taylor saw Leopards go down 104-88 at Worthing Thunder, on Saturday .
Taylor finished with 38 points, seven rebounds and four assists with fellow American Alex Owumni adding 23 points and 14 boards for the big-spending south coast side .
A poor first quarter where they were outscored 27-14 gave Leopards too much to do, and even though the rest of the game saw the only outscored by five, they never looked likely to pick up their first league win of the campaign .
Captain Sam Newman led the way with six treys in his 20 point, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals performance. Lee Hodges added 14 points with Findlay Wood chipping in with 13 points and six assists .

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