Cavs too strong for Leopards

Thames Valley Cavaliers continue to be Leopards’ bogey team as they went down 97-80, on Saturday.
It was the Big Cats’ fifth defeat in 14 months against the big-spending Uxbridge side and saw the home side finish strongly as Leopards had competed well for the first two and a half periods.
Leopards stayed in tough in the first period, going into the opening break 23-18 down and trailed 32-23 after four second quarter minutes.
But a pair of three-point plays from Luke Mascall-Wright launched a 21-8 run capped by two triples from Findlay Wood as Leopards took a 44-42 lead into the locker room at half-time.
Cavaliers opened the second half with seven straight points, but a Wood trey and a Hodges lay-up tied the scores with three minutes gone.
Mascall-Wright put Leopards ahead for what proved to be the final time a minute later, but Prince Larty hit a trey to launch a 20-8 run capped by a Abdoulaye Sylla buzzer-beating three to lead 72-59 going into the last break.
Five straight Asante Sandiford points and a Mascall-Wright lay-up saw the deficit cut to seven with three minutes gone in the fourth period but a bizarre intentional foul call on Mascall-Wright ended any chance of a fight-back
Sandiford led Leopards with 19 points and ten rebounds, and Hodges also added a double-double with 18 points and 13 boards. Mascall-Wright finished with 14 points and four rebounds.
Sylla finished with a 27 point, 12 rebound double-double for the home side, while Elliott Defraitas added 25 points and 12 boards.