Search

Essex Leopards look to build on cup victory against champions Loughborough

PUBLISHED: 09:00 18 October 2018

Luke Mascall-Wright in action for the Essex Leopards against Nottingham Hoods (Pic: Paul Phillips)

Luke Mascall-Wright in action for the Essex Leopards against Nottingham Hoods (Pic: Paul Phillips)

Copyrighted

Essex Leopards will look to build on their 97-95 National Cup win at Westminster Warriors when they travel to Division One champions Loughborough Riders this weekend.

Luke Mascall-Wright in action for the Essex Leopards against Nottingham Hoods (Pic: Paul Phillips)Luke Mascall-Wright in action for the Essex Leopards against Nottingham Hoods (Pic: Paul Phillips)

The Big Cats will hope its third time lucky as they aim for their first league victory after returning to the top flight following a season away, but they will face a tough test against a side who won the title for the first time last season on Saturday.

After seeing their opening game at Leicester Warriors abandoned following a backboard collapsing, Riders have split their opening pair of games in both the National Trophy and Division One, as well as progressing in the Cup with a 112-79 victory against Stoke Knights on Sunday.

A massive trey from Luke Mascall-Wright sealed the cup victory at Westminster as the Big Cats held off a dogged Warriors side to set up a last 16 tie against either Nottingham Hoods or London Westside at the University of Essex on Sunday, October, 28.

Leopards raced out of the blocks to lead 10-3, but a timeout from Warriors’ coach Jon Johnson revitalised his side, and despite Rory Winter’s three-point buzzer beater, Thomas Baker’s side trailed 29-20 at the first break.

Lee Hodges in action against the Nottingham Hoods (Pic: Paul Phillips)Lee Hodges in action against the Nottingham Hoods (Pic: Paul Phillips)

The Big Cats were 35-24 down with four minutes of the second period to play but rallied to only trail by two at half-time and a stunning third period saw them take a 71-62 lead into the final period.

Warrior responded with a run and it was nip and tuck throughout the fourth period, but it was Mascall-Wright who struck the dagger blow to put Leopards into the next round.

Chuck Duru led the Big Cats for the first time, finishing with 21 points, with Lee Hodges adding 15 and Winter 14.

The previous day saw Leopards fought back from a 20 point half-time deficit, but ultimately go down 101-83 against Division Two champions Nottingham Hoods.

Chuck Duru in action against the Nottingham Hoods (Pic: Paul Phillips)Chuck Duru in action against the Nottingham Hoods (Pic: Paul Phillips)

The Big Cats were 61-41 down at half-time but an 8-0 run capped by a Wes Flaherty basket cut the margin to 71-57 and a trey from Alejandrow Hernandez Batista made it 76-66 at the final break.

A pair of Mascall-Wright baskets made it an eight point game early in the fourth period, and Hodges’ free-throw took the deficit down to seven, but that was as good as it got as Ryan Lewis’ side regrouped to close out the victory.

Latest Romford Sports News

9 minutes ago

Everyone Active Raiders captain Aaron Connolly called their weekend wins over the National League’s top two teams ‘huge’ for team confidence.

11:00

AFC Hornchurch Mark Stimson was very disappointed with his side’s performance in their 1-0 defeat to Potters Bar Town.

10:00

Gale Street club lost previous meeting in September, but looking for success on Saturday

09:00

Rob Cross believes coming back to Alexandra Palace, Wood Green to begin the defence of his William Hill PDC World Darts Championship title tonight (Thursday), will bring the best out of himself.

Yesterday, 17:30

The Crow Lane club needed a last-gasp try to salvage a point on the road, but they felt they deserved more

Yesterday, 16:00

Though a centre-back by trade, defender played at left-back for Daggers in draw against Halifax Town

Yesterday, 15:00

Turnovers proved costly for Leopards as Solent Kestrels reached the National Cup final with an 81-70 victory at the Brentwood Centre on Sunday.

Yesterday, 14:00

Everyone Active Raiders head coach Sean Easton paid tribute to some of his key players following another four-point weekend in National League Division One.

PROMOTED CONTENT

From November, The Mercury in Romford begins to celebrate Christmas. The mall has plenty of gift ideas, fun events and activities for everyone

Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. We put the SUV, now available at Tony LeVoi in Romford, to the test.

“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.

Newsletter Sign Up

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

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

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