Big Cats eye league title
PUBLISHED: 10:30 13 March 2015
Leopards entertain Trailblazers after success against Westminster last weekend
Essex Leopards have another big game coming up this weekend as they prepare to host Derby Trailblazers.
Robert Youngblood’s team remain a victory clear at the top of the NBL Division One after an 81-66 success against Westminster Warriors.
A win against Derby on Sunday would take them close to a second league title in four years.
Trailblazers come to Brentwood Centre third in the table with a 13-6 record, but their form has dropped since the turn of the year.
The previous encounter back in December was a thrilling contest, with Big Cats coming out on top following an overtime victory at Noel Baker School.
Leopards triumphed 92-89 against Derby and will be aiming for more joy this weekend, although they’ll hope it is more routine this time.
They recorded a victory against Westminster last Sunday, despite being behind at the interval.
Warriors, who are battling the drop, were 10-8 up after eight minutes as the Big Cats appeared to be missing Dave Ajumobi, who was away on business.
A dunk from Lawrence Brown sparked the home side into life and a pair of treys from Matic Zupanc ensured Leopards were six points up by the end of the first quarter.
Although the Big Cats held the lead early in the second quarter, Warriors fought back to find themselves 39-38 up going into the locker room.
Westminster extended that lead after the restart before Will Ashby and Byron Richards got Leopards moving again and put them into a lead which they wouldn’t let slip.
Richard went on a three-point barrage to eventually finish with 15 points by the end of the game.
The Big Cats kept extending their advantage before Tosin Oyelese concluded the scoring to delight the home faithful with another victory.
Ashby led the scoring for Leopards with 18, while Brown added 13 points to show they can cope when Ajumobi is unavailable.