Big Cats are raring to go
PUBLISHED: 12:30 27 March 2015
Two more key games for Leopards
Essex Leopards have two more pivotal matches this weekend in their battle to win the NBL Division One title – including a clash with direct title rivals Team Northumbria, who are third in the table with fixtures in hand.
The Big Cats are top of the pack, but know in-form Northumbria are now breathing down their necks.
The two sides go head-to-head on Sunday at the Brentwood Centre and the winner could decide who claims the title. Leopards’ heaviest league loss of the campaign was against the third-placed side so they will expect another extremely tough contest.
The Big Cats lost 82-73 to Marc Stuetal’s Northumbria in January and will hope to get revenge on Sunday.
But first they must switch their focus to Leicester Warriors, who they face tomorrow (Saturday).
Leopards played Warriors twice during the same weekend in January and achieved mixed results.
Although they defeated them 79-68 in the league at Harlow, they crashed out of the Trophy following an abject display which contributed towards a 72-50 loss at Brentwood.
Warriors still harbour hopes of making the play-offs, despite sitting ninth in the table, so the Big Cats will need to be on top form to ensure they do not have anymore slip ups.
Unfortunately last weekend they tasted defeat against Worthing Thunder to dent their hopes of glory.
However their 73-66 success over Newham Neptunes the previous day means they are still in with a shout.
Dave Ajumobi led the way against Neptunes with 18 points and Courtney Van Beest contributed 17.
Although Newham are battling the drop they made Leopards work hard for their victory, but the Big Cats shooting wasn’t as accurate as usual during the contest and they unfortunately brought that into Sunday’s clash.
They welcomed Thunder to Brentwood Centre, but disappointingly lost 58-52. Ajumobi again top scored with 15 points, but it mattered little.
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