Baker delighted with win

After seeing his Levett Leopards team wrap up their Division One campaign with a thrilling 113-110 win at Worthing Thunder on Saturday, Thomas Baker was a happy man:

“Finally! A win to match the effort and the attitude the guys have been demonstrating over the last few weeks. I’d be lying if I said I doubted if we would win, particularly as how the last few games had gone.

“This wasn’t helped by the fact that we started probably the poorest we have started in the games the guys have had with me. Having to take an early timeout in the first quarter wasn’t in the script but it allowed us to re-focus and regroup.
“As the game went on I believed we had the ability and the mindset to open up a lead and that was shown in how we came out in the third quarter, which is normally where we struggle. However, credit to coach [Danny] Hildreth and his Worthing players, they just kept coming at us and we couldn’t open up the lead we wanted.

“As the game got tight down the stretch and we entered into the first lot of overtime I was thinking ‘please not again’, this was made worse when Worthing came out and hit a few shots early on to open up a five-point advantage.

Again though I must give credit to the team, calling a timeout with a few minutes left ,the energy and the feeling in the huddle was that we would go on and win this game and the players came out and they delivered. Huge scoring display by Dougie and some notable contributions from Aj, Perry and Dom as well as some crucial plays from Jamie and Justin too.”
Baker had praise for his side as they ended their long losing streak: “I am immensely proud of the resilience and the toughness shown by the players to grind out a win. After last weeks double header I said we must find a way to close out a basketball game and we did just that. I believed that we would win eventually but in all honesty time was running out for us.

“I am just pleased for the players, everyone involved at the club and the fans who have supported the team all season that we could end with a victory, it is nothing more than they deserve.”

There’s one more chance to see the Big Cats in action at Brentwood when they host Oaklands Wolves on Sunday April 9, with an extended pre-game coaching session,