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PUBLISHED: 17:00 27 March 2014
Big Brentwood dates for Big Cats
Leopards will look to keep their outside title hopes alive with a pair of home games at the Brentwood Centre this weekend.
The Big Cats host Medway Park Crusaders on Saturday (7pm) before Team Northumbria are the visitors on Sunday (4pm).
Robert Youngblood’s team need to win their final four games to have any chance of winning the title, but have already sealed home court advantage in the play-off quarter-finals following Sunday’s 77-70 home win against Leeds Carnegie.
The play-off tie will take place at the Brentwood Centre on Sunday April 13 at 4pm.
Saturday’s game will be the third meeting between Leopards and Crusaders this season, with the Big Cats winning 90-71 on the road in the Trophy and repeating the trick with an 82-53 victory in the league.
Despite a mid-season crisis which saw them unable to fulfil several fixtures, Crusaders – who include former Leopards Bradley Wilkinson, Joe Lockwood and Josh Steel in their line-up – are tenth in the table with a 9-13 record.
Prior to the game Leopards are staging an open day with free coaching and cheerleading clinics. To book a place go to www.leopardsbasketball.co.uk.
Northumbria arrive at the Brentwood Centre in desperate need of a win to avoid relegation.
Marc Stuetal’s side are second from bottom of the table with a 5-18 record, but showed they will not go down without a fight with a home victory against Bristol Academy Flyers on Sunday.
Howard Crawford led Leopards with 27 points when the two sides met in Newcastle in November as Leopards won a thriller 74-71.
A strong fourth period saw Leopards pick up their ninth win in ten games to seal a place in the top four.
The Big Cats were down by four points a minute into the fourth period before a 12-2 run put the hosts in charge and they never trailed again.
Andre Lockhart led Leopards’ scoring for the first time since joining six weeks ago, adding seven assists to his 20 points.
Kris Clark finished with 16 points, with Carl Josey adding 15 points and six rebounds, while Howard suffered with foul trouble for most of game but added seven boards to his 13 points.
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