Baker delighted with victory

Leopards’ coach Thomas Baker was delighted as the Big Cats wrapped up pre-season with a 90-83 victory at Reading Rockets.
The home side are expected to challenge for the Division One title this season, and although neither side were at full strength, a strong finish to the game saw Baker’s side overturn a big deficit after trailing for the first 25 minutes of the game.
“Firstly a massive thanks goes to Coach Keane and the Rockets organisation for putting on the friendly” said Baker.
“We started off competing really hard we just weren’t getting the rewards we wanted. We could have easily caved in but the guys showed commitment and togetherness that I am sure we will need to shown again this season.
“We were able to stay focussed and fight for little things we needed. The guys are really open to learning and the culture we’re building was demonstrated throughout in this game.
“It is massive confidence boost to come away with a win but my message to them after the game was about staying humble and continuing to work. We learnt a lot but still a lot to learn. With people missing it was positive to see what we could be like. Now we have to tighten up a few things and keep focussing on the small details that lead to bigger things.”
With Leopards facing trips to Thames Valley Cavaliers in the National Trophy and Team Derby in the National Cup next weekend, Baker is ready for the new campaign: “I am really looking forward to starting the season next weekend. I am excited to see where this season will take us, it will be about adapting and evolving one game at a time.”