Will Ashby led the way with a game-high 24 points while Ladi Brown finished with 16 points and eight rebounds.Leopards trailed 28-17 at the first break and eventually went down
The visitors trailed 28-17 at the first break before the lead was trimmed to 48-38 at half-time but although a Brown three helped cut the deficit to five after a minute of the second half but the home side regained control to lead 66-53 .
Five straight Ashby points cut that lead to eight points after two fourth period minutes but Leopards’ chances appeared over as four Jack Wilson points made it a 17-point game with five minutes remaining .
But Leopards never go quietly, and Van Beest launched a 12-0 run capped by a pair of Margai free-throws to cut the deficit to five with 1:07 on the clock .
Lewis Champion ended the run with a pair of free-throws only to Margai hit a trey to make it a four point game with 30 seconds remaining.
Randolph split a pair at the foul line for the hosts before Brown drained a three to cut the lead to two with 10 seconds only to see Jamie Hayes called for a questionable offensive foul after the Big Cats’ had forced a turnover, and the home side sealed the win at the foul line .
Hayes finished with ten points in under eight minutes while Tom Martin added eight points. Champion led Northumbria with 23 points and six assists, with Preston adding 20 points for the hosts .