As his side prepare to face a Barking Abbey side packed with young British talent at Colchester, Leopards coach Thomas Baker is happy with how things went during a long weekend on the road.
Baker’s side lost 114-105 at Thames Valley Cavaliers in the National Trophy group stage on Saturday before bouncing back to progress in the National Cup with a 111-99 win at Team Derby Spartans the following day.
“Overall from the weekend I am pleased we were able to put some things into action that we have worked on in practice” he said.
“We were down a few players for numerous reasons and it changed how we were going to rotate throughout both games which also changed the things we were able to implement too.
“Our aggression and ability to share the ball allowed us to create multiple situations to score and this is something we are going to have to repeat if we are to be successful on the offensive end.
“Ultimately we struggled rebounding and defensively we have to be better on the ball if we are going to be successful this year.”
The guys gave everything they had against Thames Valley and to walk away disappointed we didn’t win that game just shows how hungry the guys are to get the result they deserve. It was a positive performance and when you go and score 40 points in one quarter and over 100 points in a game you should really be walking out of their with a win. We are aware of what we need to do to improve and this week in practice is going to be vital that we fine tune a few areas ready for Barking this weekend. It’s rare you get a chance to put right the wrongs from the day before and I had hoped that Sundays game against Team Derby would have been a chance to rotate a bit better and focus on execution tactically, however, we made hard work of it and the issues defensively that were there against TVC were also there against Team Derby. Overall we got the win that allows us to progress to the next round against Westminster.
The general feeling around the group is positive and we are still learning how each other plays and we still have a few players to come in who will make us better. The season is going to be an interesting one and I am looking forward to continuing to improve with the guys.