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Leopards look for semi-final spot

PUBLISHED: 08:00 13 November 2015

Leopards coach Steve Ogunjimi talks to his players (pic: Paul Phillips)

Leopards coach Steve Ogunjimi talks to his players (pic: Paul Phillips)

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Big Cats welcome Derby to Brentwood

Levett Essex Leopards will look to reach the National Cup semi-final when they host Derby Trailblazers at the new-look Brentwood Centre on Sunday.

Tip-off is 4pm and fans of the Big Cats will have the chance to watch their team in comfort following the installation of new seats at the venue.

Steve Ogunjimi’s side will be aiming to move a step closer to a third National Cup success in the space of 11 years, with Ogunjimi playing a key role in the 2005/6 season triumph in front of a 6,000 crowd at the National Indoor Arena.

After losing four of their six Trophy games and failing to qualify for the quarter-finals, Derby have started the league season in good form with three straight victories, and reached the last eight of the Cup with a pair of comfortable victories against lower division opposition before hammering local rivals Leicester Warriors 94-69.

Both league games between the teams proved to be thriller last season with Leopards winning by three points on both occasions.

There is also a chance for young Leopards’ fans to train with Big Cats’ forward Tosin Oyelese before the game, with further details on leopardsbasketball.co.uk.

The Derby game is the second half of the big weekend for Ogunjimi’s team as they make the long trip to Bradford Dragons for a Division One game tomorrow (Saturday).

After reaching the Trophy quarter-finals with three wins from six games, the Yorkshire side have made a poor start to the league season with three straight losses and went out of the Cup with a loss at Manchester Magic.

Leopards won both league games between the teams last season, before the Big Cats won 82-76 in front of a packed Brentwood Centre in the play-off quarter-finals.


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