Leopards looking for early lift
PUBLISHED: 09:36 04 January 2012
Big Cats ready for 2012 action
Leopards return to action after the Christmas break when they host London Capital at the Brentwood Centre on Friday (8pm).
While the Big Cats have enjoyed success in both the National Cup, where they face Bristol Academy Flyers in the final, and the National Trophy, their league form has been indifferent.
Leopards will need to go a winning streak if they are to challenge for honours. They are currently tenth in the 13-team league with a 2-4 record, but have games in hand over every other side in Division One.
Capital have had a tough start to the season, and are 12th with only one win from eight games.
They also lost all five National Trophy games and went out of the National Cup at the first stage.
The teams met on the opening night of the season and Leopards needed overtime to win 72-62 in the Trophy.
Vilius Sumskis marked his brief stay with the Leopards by leading all scorers with 16 points, adding 11 rebounds for a double-double, while despite struggling with foul trouble throughout the game, Ousman Krubally finished with 15 points and nine boards.
Leopards’ American pair Krubally and Vernon Teel continue to lead the way in the latest set of EBL statistics.
Both players are in the hunt for the Division One Most Valuable Player award despite a poor start to the league season.
Forward Krubally, in his second season with the Leopards, is comfortably top of the over all rankings – which includes National Trophy and Division One games - with a score of 30.2.
He is top of the rebounding charts with a massive 13 boards per game and third in scoring with 24.8 points per game.
Krubally’s 2.6 assists per game also put him in the top 20 of that category.
Meanwhile, Teel is second in the overall rankings with a score of 25.71.
His 30.43 points per game sees him comfortably top of the scoring charts, more than five points clear of Derby’s Rishi Kakad.
And he is second in assists (4.86 per game) and seventh in rebounding with 8.29 boards per game, which is outstanding for a guard.