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Essex Leopards coach Baker delighted with back-to-back wins

PUBLISHED: 11:00 27 November 2018

Essex Leopards Luke Mascall-Wright in action against Leicester Warriors (Pic: Dave Ryan)

Essex Leopards Luke Mascall-Wright in action against Leicester Warriors (Pic: Dave Ryan)

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After seeing his Leopards side collect a weekend double with wins against Leicester Warriors and Reading Rockets, coach Thomas Baker was a happy man.

Sam Newman in action against Reading Rockets (Pic: Dave Ryan)Sam Newman in action against Reading Rockets (Pic: Dave Ryan)

“Picking up our first win was the main outcome that we wanted to achieve this weekend however to potentially be in another semi-final is a great achievement for us.

“We knew this weekend would test us mentally as both games had contrasting styles. Leicester proved to be tough opposition as they frustrated us for the most part and even though there were a few lapses for the most part we did enough to win that game.

“The game against Reading was by far our best defensive performance and potentially our best performance to date so far. Keeping them to eight points in the first quarter really set the tone for us and it helped us build our performance as the game went on.

“We will continue to get better and with the recent additions of KJ [Lee] and Asante [Sandiford] along with the committed development of the guys who have been here from the start we are now starting to show what we could really achieve this year.

“I always knew we had these types of performances in us, the guys were excellent this weekend and we look forward to getting on the court together again as we look to build consistency.”

The Big Cats now face Team Newcastle at the University of Essex on Sunday December 9 (2pm) before hosting Team Solent Kestrels in the National Cup semi-final at the Brentwood Centre the following Sunday.

Luke Mascall-Wright led the way for the second straight week as Leopards collected their first league win of the season with a 95-84 victory against Leicester Warriors, on Saturday.

Three-point shooting proved to be the key for the home side as Leopards drained 14 of their 30 shots from the Land of Plenty, while their dominance on the boards saw them out-rebound the Warriors 46-30 as well as dishing out 33 assists.

A dominant performance against Reading Rockets saw Leopards make it three straight victories as they won 85-69 at Essex Sports Arena, on Sunday.

The Big Cats now need to beat an already-eliminated Hemel Storm side in their final group game of the National Trophy to progress to a home semi-final against Loughborough Riders.

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