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Bennett is named Levett Essex Leopards MVP

PUBLISHED: 12:30 10 April 2017

Dougie Bennett receives the Essex Leopards MVP award from Paul Levett (pic Paul Phillips)

Dougie Bennett receives the Essex Leopards MVP award from Paul Levett (pic Paul Phillips)

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Brentwood-based guard adds to trophy collection

Shaq Lewis was named game MVP for Essex Leopards against Oaklands Wolves and receives his award from sponsor Paul Levett (pic Paul Phillips)Shaq Lewis was named game MVP for Essex Leopards against Oaklands Wolves and receives his award from sponsor Paul Levett (pic Paul Phillips)

Dougie Bennett collected an award for the second successive season as he was voted Levett Essex Leopards Most Valuable Player for the 2016/17 season.

The Brentwood-based guard won the club’s Most Improved Player award in 2015/16 but went one better this season as the club’s supporters voted for him as player of the year.

Despite missing most of the second half of the season, veteran forward Mike Martin finished second in the voting with American guard AJ Roberts finishing third.

General manager Dave Ryan had praise for Bennett, saying: “Dougie’s really improved over the last two years and with Mike out injured he stepped up and took on the responsibility of being captain. I’m really pleased that our fans have recognised that.”

Forward Jamie Hayes collected the Most Improved Player trophy which was decided by former coach Steve Ogunjimi and assistant Roger Malpass after a season that saw him gain a regular spot in the starting line-up.

Bennett also picked up the Levett Challenge Cup following Sunday’s 81-60 victory against Oaklands Wolves at the Brentwood Centre.

Led by game MVP Shaq Lewis, the Big Cats never trailed in the game but the young Oaklands players, several of whom are likely to be in contention for a place on Leopards’ bench next season, never gave up and provided an entertaining game for another big crowd at Brentwood.


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