Cavs blitz Leopards

A disappointing performance saw Leopards go down 102-72 against Thames Valley Cavaliers at a packed Oaklands College, on Saturday.
Cavs have one of the most potent offences in NBL Division One and the Big Cats never looked capable of slowing them down as they poured in 35 first period points and led by as many as 38 in fourth period.
The Big Cats were led by Orlan Jackman’s 20 point, 13 rebounds, with the England international adding four assists. Osvaldas Gaizuaskas and Elvisi Dusha marked their home debuts with 13 and ten points respectively, Gaizuaskas adding four rebounds and Dusha finishing with four assists. With point guard Prince Lartey unavailable, Marius Kaftaniukas returned to the Leopards’ bench and finished with a season-high nine points in 16 minutes.
American Taylor Johnson led the visitors with 31 points, eight rebounds and four assists as his side strengthened their big for the runners-up spot. Blaine Freckleton added 20 points and seven rebounds while veteran American Martelle McLeomre finished with 16 points and five boards as the Cavs out-rebounded the hosts 58-39.
Three point plays from Frecklton and Bernard Hehetro helped Cavs open with a 12-2 run, only Jackman troubling the scorer for Leopards. Although Dusha broke the run with a trey, Cavs rattled off nine straight points and despite Teni Mongo sinking a late triple the visitors led by 19 at the first break.
It didn’t get any better for the home side in the second period, and despite three-pointers from Gaizuaskas and captain Chuck Duru the visitors went into the locker room with a 57-33 lead.
Despite a pair of treys from Kaftaniukas there was no improvement for the Big Cats in the third period with Cavs’ lead hovering around the 30 point mark and Johnson closed out the quarter with five straight points to give his side an 85-49 lead at the final break.
Dos Santos’ trey saw Cavs’ lead peak at 38 with four fourth period minutes gone, but Gaizuaskas replied from downtown and despite injuries to Andre Williams and Mongo the Big Cats did manage to outscore the visitors 23-17 in the quarter, but once again it was too little too late.