Former England international Mike Martin (left) rolled back the years with a massive 34 point, ten rebound double-double as Steve Ogunjimi’s team picked up a league victory from an excellent advert for Division One basketball .
The new-look Big Cats allowed a seven point lead with three minutes of regulation time slip away but took control in the extra period for their first home league win of the campaign .
Darrell Bethune (right) marked his home debut with 21 points, eight assists and five rebounds, while AJ Roberts added 16 points, five boards and five assists . Dougie Bennett finished with 12 points while another home debutant, Perry Lawson, had seven assists.
The Big Cats overcame a slow start as five straight Bethune points tied the game at 22 going into the first break, despite the visitors converting two and-ones down the stretch .
A Tosin Oyelese free-throw gave Leopards their first lead of the game as they opened the second period, and a pair of triples from Roberts kept the hosts in the game despite a plethora of and-ones from the visitors and they looked likely to only trail by one at half-time before R Williams hit a triple on the buzzer to give Solent a 50-46 lead going into the locker room .
Solent were led by American pair Mathis Marquis – who had a 26 point, 12 rebound double-double, and Colt Fason with 25 points and nine boards .
2000 – Big Cats win at Northgate
uni-ball trophy, group A
Chester Jets 80 (12,34,62) Pero Cameron 20, Tarik Wallace 19, James Hamilton 18
London Leopards 87 (20,43,66) Rashod Johnson 21, Rico Alderson 15, Michael Martin 14
London Leopards defeated Chester Jets 87-80 in Group A of the uni-ball trophy to take top spot in the group.
Jets led 5-4 after two minutes, but it proved to be their only lead of the game, as Leopards hit a 14-2 run to lead 18-7. Jets fought back, and a 14-6 tear in the third quarter brought the score back to single figures at 48-53, but it was not enough.
The loss of ex-NBA star, Loren Meyer, who fouled out in the third period, hurt the Jets and Leopards were able to seal the game in the fourth quarter.
Rashod Johnson led the way with a game-high 21 points for Leopards, while New Zealand international, Pero Cameron added 20 for the Jets.