Baker pleased with “fantastic” win

LEOPARDS will go into Sunday’s National Cup semi-final against Solent Kestrels in top form following a 102-74 demolition of Team Newcastle.
The Big Cats host the Division One leaders at the Brentwood Centre (4pm) on the back of a four game winning streak which has made coach Thomas Baker a happy man:
“Today was another fantastic win for us” he said. “Defensively we are doing a really good job in forcing poor shots from the opposition and then we are capitalising down the other end.
” Scoring has never been our problem but we shot the ball incredibly well tonight. I don’t think i envisaged us scoring 17 three-pointers in one game but we have the weapons to do it, it was only a matter of time.
“We are building momentum at the right time and I think this shows we are a team tha can achieve big things this season.
“This is great preparation for what will be a tough semi-final against an undefeated [in league games] Solent team. We will need to be at our best to beat them and today’s result gives us the confidence that we can go and do just that.
Baker knows that the south coast side whose only loss in 15 games came against big-spending Worthing in the National Trophy will present a tough test for his side as the look to win the National Cup for a fourth time:
“Coach Guymon’s teams are always well drilled and strong defensively so we will need to be at our best if we are to reach the final. They have some returning players from last year most namely Herm Senor II who is a great leader in their team.”