Baker philosophical after Cup defeat

Leopards’ coach Thomas Baker had mixed emotions after the Big Cats lost their National Cup quarter-final 81-70 against Solent Kestrels, on Sunday.
“Overall I am proud we got to a semi-final in our first season together, having said that once we got there I am gutted for us that we couldn’t get to the final” he said.
“We showed we can go toe-to-toe with the best team in this division which gives me pride and excitement as to what we can achieve this year, however the result serves as harsh reminder that we must play our style for 40 minutes if we are to beat the best teams this league has to offer.
“Credit to Coach Guymon and Solent, they punished us when we turned the over ball and it cost us in key moments. We will regroup and improve this week as we look to close out this first half of the season with good performances against two tough teams in Thames Valley and Reading Rockets.”
Sam Newman, the Leopards captain, couldn’t hide his disappointment after the defeat: “”It’s wasn’t the performance or score we were looking today” he said.
“Credit to Solent who showed why they’ve had success early on in this season. We went away from what had made us successful in our recent games so we’ll be looking to put in some good performances in our double header next week.”