A dominant second half performance saw Leopards collect their second league victory of the season as they hammered Bradford Dragons 80-61, on Saturday .
Steve Ogunjimi’s team trailed only briefly in the first half and controlled the second as made their long trip home with a second away league victory in succession .
A balanced scoring effort saw six Levett Leopards finish in double figures, with Ladi Brown, Will Ashby and Tom Martin leading the way on 12 points . Brown added eight rebounds, two assists and two steals while Ashby dished out four assists.
Courtney van Beest finished with 11 points and seven rebounds, with Albert Margai and Justin Hitchman each scoring ten points .
Ricky Fetzke opened the scoring for the home team, and Van Beest got the Big Cats on the scoreboard after 141 seconds with a single free-throw before Brown put them ahead for the first time with a jump shot .
A three-point play from Margai kept the visitors ahead and Martin, who had nine first half points against his former club, drained a trey to send Leopards into the first break with an 18-17 lead .
Martin hit another triple after Przemyslaw Wojcick had opened the second period scoring and Leopards maintained control of the game before Ashby’s three of Margai’s assist made it a ten point game with four minutes gone .
The home side replied with a ten-point tear to tie the score at 33 as Leopards went over four minutes without scoring before Hitchman broke the run and a three point Martin play followed by four straight Hitchman points gave the visitors a 42-35 half-time lead .
Ashby kept up the pressure with a three-pointer to open the second half before Henri Bongo and Van Beest exchanged baskets to keep Leopards ahead by eight .
Van Beest and Brown maintained Leopards’ control and the closest the home side came in the rest of the third period came when Bongo hit a jump shot with 39 seconds on the clock to make it a seven point game, but a pair of Dougie Bennet free-throws sent Leopards into the final break with a 56-49 lead .
Margai made it a double digit game with the opening score of the fourth period and the Leopards’ captain hit six points in an 8-0 run to start the quarter, and the visitors never looked back.
Bongo, who shot just four-from-18, and Dragons’ captain Jermayne Laing led the hosts with 11 points, with Eisley Swaine and Adria Vinas adding ten apiece.
1999 – Stars hammered in Trophy
adidas London Leopards 115 (29,54,88)
Capers 21, Brantley/Kimbrough 18 Solent Stars 67 (14,33,47)
Tripalin 19, Scott 17, Owusu 12
uni-ball trophy, group A @ Brentwood Leisure Centre
The adidas London Leopards finished their games in group A of the uni-ball trophy with a 115-67 victory over Solent Stars.
The Leopards began well, leading 16-4 after four and a half minutes and never looked back. The Stars cause was not helped when Player/Coach Alan Cunningham was ejected from the game in the second period, following two technical fouls. A 23-9 run in the third quarter extended the Leopards lead still further and the BBL club won comfortably.
Kenya Capers and Brandon Brantley each made double doubles – Capers hit a game-high 21 points, whilst Brantley added 18 points. Tripalin led Stars scoring with 19 points.