Baker expects tough test against Newcastle

Leopards’ coach Thomas Baker is ready for a difficult game as the Big Cats face Team Newcastle for the first time.

Tip-off at Essex Sports Arena is at the earlier time of 2pm, with Essex Rebels facing Newcastle Eagles in the WBBL at 4.30pm

“Sunday’s game see us take on a strong Newcastle team” said Baker. “Coach [Ian] Hewitt’s team are well organised and highly effective at playing in the half court; they have shown they can score from both inside and outside the three-point line and they have shown that they can dig deep and pull out wins against teams they weren’t expected to beat.”
Baker is looking to build on a run of form that has seen the Big Cats start to move up the Division One table as well as record wins in the National Cup and Trophy: “Right now we are riding high with three wins from our last three games in all competitions.
“We are sharing the ball well and scoring very effectively. I have been really impressed with the changes we have made defensively, we are starting to really come together as a unit which is great.”
Now in their second season in the top flight, Newcastle have built on a tough first Division One campaign and after splitting their first eight league games they are currently joint eight in the table.
After edging a tight game 79-70 at Myerscough College in the National Cup third round, the north east side went out of the competition at the last 16 stage with a 94-68 home loss against a Solent Kestrels team who face Leopards at Brentwood in the semi-final.

Their National Trophy campaign was also brief, winning 78-74 at Manchester Magic in their opening group game before being hammered 88-51 at home by Bradford Dragons.

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