Baker looks for improvement

Leopards’ coach Thomas Baker is looking for an improvement as his side host Nottingham Hoods at Essex Sports Arena, on Saturday.
The Big Cats lost their opener against Barking Abbey at their new venue, and Baker knows there’s plenty to work on: “We will keep building and looking for ways we can improve moving forward and it will great to step back out on again on the Essex Arena court this weekend against the Hoods” he said.
“We started off the game a bit tense and nervous which is uncharacteristic of us. Barking were the team that we able to control the early goings and we seemed to struggle with getting any form of momentum in the game. I feel we were creating some good shots at times however, we still have a tendency to go 1v1 and force some shots rather than keep the ball moving, which affect our confidence early on.
“Defensively we still have to work on being disruptive and as collective we must bring energy from the start of the game. After regrouping in the second half Barking came out stronger but after we were able to string together stops and scores at the beginning of the fourth quarter which brought us the momentum we were looking for we got ourselves back in the game.
“Due to chasing the game for so long I felt we left ourselves with too much to do going down the stretch.”
Despite the disappointment of a defeat at Leopards’ new home, Baker was delighted with the experience at the University of Essex: ” It was great to step out for the first time at the Essex Sport Arena, I look forward to playing some of our home games there this season.
“I think overall the crowd really helped us down the stretch get back in the game and that was helped by the great work of our DJ Keith on the day.”