Search

Basketball: Leopards win boosts Baker

PUBLISHED: 17:00 26 September 2017

Essex Leopards coach Tom Baker talks to his players

Essex Leopards coach Tom Baker talks to his players

Archant

Levett Essex Leopards coach Thomas Baker was a happy man after seeing his side beat Ipswich 87-58.

And with Anglia Ruskin University up next at the Brentwood Centre on Sunday, Baker is looking for more improvements.

He said: “It was a much improved performance from the guys on Saturday against a very different looking Ipswich team.

“I’m pleased the players handled what could have been a tricky away fixture in such a professional manner.

“For the most part we played exactly the way we needed to and got the rewards for it, finding our shots and attacking the basket at will, as well as having some impressive defensive play phases also.

“We have identified areas where we still need to improve, however I was pleased with the reaction from the players after last week’s result against Nottingham.

“One more cup fixture against Anglia Ruskin next weekend and then we are into the league with the game against Westminster. We will continue to improve throughout the season but Saturday’s result showed we are starting to come together.”

With American guard AJ Roberts waiting for clearance, Dougie Bennett captained the Big Cats at Ipswich and opened the scoring with a triple in a tight first quarter.

The Big Cats led 10-4 early on, but the Suffolk side fought back to lead 19-16 at the break.

Bennett, who led all scorers with 24 points, hit successive three-pointers to open the second period as Leopards started with a 12-1 run and never looked back.

The visitors led 38-26 at half-time, but point guard Kevin Moyo – who picked up an unsportsmanlike foul while being screened by Ipswich’s centre -– was ejected after a technical foul for flopping.

While Leopards initially struggled after Moyo’s ejection, they closed the quarter with a 19-10 run to lead 60-39.

Young Jordan George sank three straight treys to wrap things up and Leopards are now hoping Ipswich pull of an upset at Nottingham on Saturday, which would send them through to the Patrons Cup semi-finals.

Latest Romford Sports News

18:18

Marcus Trescothick fell five runs short of a 67th first-class century as Somerset posted 308-7 on the opening day of the Specsavers County Championship match with defending champions Essex at Taunton.

16:30

Shenfield gave their hopes of survival in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division a boost with a seven-wicket victory at fellow strugglers Hadleigh.

14:30

Brentwood got the better of Wanstead in their Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division clash at the Old County Ground on Saturday.

12:17

Hornchurch moved 14 points clear at the top of the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division table with a comfortable victory over 2017 champions Chelmsford.

Premier League: West Ham United 1 (Arnautovic 33p) Bournemouth 2 (Wilson 60, Francis 66)

Yesterday, 16:55

Vanarama National League: Halifax Town 2 (Kosylo 29, Edwards 59) Dagenham & Redbridge 1 (Adeloye 33)

Yesterday, 14:30

The 33-year-old admitted the Eagles were disappointed with how they played in this year’s Vitality Blast

Fri, 18:00

The 22-year-old played for the under-23s on Monday night and wants to keep his match fitness up

PROMOTED CONTENT

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

There are many reasons people decide to join a gym. Some want to pack on muscle for strength, train for endurance, or lose weight. But did you know it also does wonders for your mental health? Two members at Romford’s Better Gym in the Market Place talk about their personal fitness journey and the importance of replacing bad habits with good ones.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now