Contrasting weekend for Baker

Leopards’ coach Thomas Baker admitted he had mixed emotions about his side’s two defeats over the weekend.
The Big Cats staged a late comeback at Barking Abbey on Saturday before slipping to a 83-75 defeat before an excellent first half performance against champions-elect Solent Kestrels wasn’t enough to prevent a 113-79 loss in front of a big crowd at the Brentwood Centre.
“It was a weekend with contrasting thoughts” said Baker. “We started the Barking game poorly in both halves, got punished and left ourselves too much to do.
“One positive was the end to the game where we started to turn the game in our favour through our defensive intensity.
“This led to us starting Sunday’s game with an excellent mindset and approach to the game and it helped give us an impressive first half performance against the league leaders. The challenge now for us is to do it for 40 minutes and for the rest of the season.”