Baker ready for league tip-off

Leopards’ coach Thomas Baker knows that the Big Cats have a massive test as they open their Division One campaign at Team Solent Kestrels, on Saturday.
“It is exciting to get the season underway” he said. “There is no tougher game than playing last years champions and the guys are up for it.
“We have been working hard in training to improve the things that came up in pre-season and everyday we are together we are getting better. The players understand we must start the season strong and I am looking forward to how this season turns out for us.”
Solent won the league and play-off titles last season as well as reaching the National Cup final with a victory against the Big Cats at Brentwood in the semi-final. They also won both league games against Baker’s side.
While retaining the core of their championship winning side, Solent have also made some impressive signings with American guard Ian Smith joining from Northern State University. Brendan Okoronkwo has made the switch from Division One rivals Worthing Thunder while GB under-20 forward Elliott Sentence also joins and ex-London Lion Jonathan Lashley has also put pen to paper.