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Leopards lose out in thriller

PUBLISHED: 12:30 09 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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Hemel on top at Harlow

The Levett Essex Leopards’ run of thrillers at home continued last night, but the crowd at Harlow LeisureZone were left disappointed as Hemel Storm left with the league points following an 87-85 victory.

In a game that saw 14 ties and ten lead changes, Leopards led 84-82 following a Brian Nguru basket with 91 seconds left on the clock.

But after Ladi Brown was clattered driving to the basket with 44 seconds remaining, Ogunjimi received a technical foul for protesting, and the game swung in the visitors’ favour.

Will Ashby kept Leopards within a point with 24 seconds to play, but with the home side forced to foul to stop the clock, Nick Rhodes doubled Hemel’s lead as he split a pair of free throws and Nguru’s attempted three-pointer with 2.8 seconds remaining missed the target.

Ashby led the home side with 16 points, with Brown adding 15 points and captain Albert Margai finishing with 13 points and four assists.

Earlier in the game, Leopards had trailed 28-20 at the first break, but fought back to cut the deficit to 48-46 at half-time.

Hemel stretched the lead back out to 73-65 at the final break, but a pair of Jamie Hayes capped an 8-0 start to the fourth quarter as Leopards tied the game and set up another grandstand finish.


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