Big Cats close in on top four

Levett Essex Leopards have their play-off destiny in their hands after completing a pair of nine point wins against London Greenhouse Pioneers over the weekend.
The Big Cats will face Westminster Warriors in the quarter-finals after Easter, and a victory against Derbyshire Arrows on Saturday will ensure that the game is played at the Brentwood Centre.
Thomas Baker’s side went into the double header against Pioneers needing Westminster to lose one of their three remaining games, and after Middlesex Lithuanians on Saturday they lost against the same opposition the following day.
Warriors face a Nottingham Hoods side who are already confirmed as Division Two champions on Saturday, and Leopards need to get the same result as Westminster to wrap up fourth spot.
Arrows were due to play at Brentwood in early March but declined to travel due to the snow, and the game will now be played at Oaklands Academy in St Albans with a 1.30pm tip-off. Admission to this game is free.
The Arrows are one of Leopards’ oldest rivals having knocked them out of the play-offs in both of their first two seasons in the NBL.
They will arrive at Oaklands already assured of sixth place and a trip to Liverpool with a 9-12 record. One of those 12 league defeats for Pete Kelly’s side came when Leopards visited Killarmarsh Leisure Centre in January 27 points from captain Dougie Bennett and a strong third period paved the way for an 81-69 Leopards’ victory.
A heavy loss at Team Birmingham Elite in their opening game ended any chance in the Patrons Cup, although they did beat Liverpool comfortably in their other group game, while in the National Cup they defeat Team Derby in overtime before going down 96-66 at perennial champions Manchester Magic.