Baker: “Moyo injury hurt us”

Leopards coach Thomas Baker and captain Chuck Duru agreed that the injury to point guard Kevin Moyo proved costly in Sunday’s 116-84 home loss against Hemel Storm.
The Big Cats had played their best basketball of the season and were yen points ahead when Moyo limped off, and although he returned for a two minute spell in the second period he played no part in the rest of the game and Storm recorded big win.
“We started well in the game, pushing the tempo, executing our stuff and playing solid defence” said Baker.
“The injury to Kevin hurt our momentum and we are still finding the best way for us to come together through adversity.
“We knew Hemel had a lot of weapons to hurt us and they showed that in the second half where we were particularly poor.
“We will keep battling and keep fighting to pick up the wins needed, time is our best friend at the moment and we must maximise it to the best of our ability.”
Duru saw some positives from the good start: “I was happy with how we started, we came out with conviction and energy” he said.
!I think we lost momentum and never regained it when Kevin got hurt – he was definitely key to our solid start by the way he controlled the tempo of the game and defended their guards. Credit to Hemel as they are a good side and were able capitalise on our mistakes in the second half.”