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Tests ahead for Big Cats

PUBLISHED: 16:30 27 February 2015

Lukas Winegarner in action for Leopards

Lukas Winegarner in action for Leopards

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Home game before trip to Bradford

Essex Leopards return to Brentwood Centre next month, but will first target an eighth consecutive victory at their other home base in Harlow when Hemel Storm visit this weekend.

The Big Cats have enjoyed lots of success at Harlow LeisureZone and won seven games out of seven.

But their game against the Storm tomorrow (Saturday) is their last there and they will then be setting off immediately after to head to Bradford, as they face the Dragons in Yorkshire on Sunday.

The Leopards first focus is on Storm, though, who have former Big Cats captain Carl Josey in their ranks, whilst Leopards old coach Jon Burnell is now assistant at Hemel.

They have struggled this campaign, despite finishing third last year and have so far lost 12 times.

Storm sit third from bottom at the moment, therefore Big Cats should be confident of achieving success tomorrow evening.

They travel to Bradford to face a team that have also struggled this year, losing 11 and winning just six matches to lay ninth in the table.

Leopards will target finishing their campaign at Harlow with the perfect record before earning more success up at Bradford on Sunday.

They go into these fixtures in good form too following a comfortable win last weekend against Tees Valley Mohawks.

The Big Cats only earned an eight-point victory in the end at Harlow, but were always in control and the margin would have been more had they not taken their foot off the gas.

Dave Ajumobi and Will Ashby led the scoring for the hosts with 15 points apiece, while Albert Margai finished with 12 to his name.

The first two quarters were tight, but Leopards came in 35-33 ahead and blew Mohawks away in the third quarter.

They were 74-47 up with 6mins 32secs remaining before they allowed the visitors to hit back and make the final score 77-69.


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