Derby blaze to win at Colchester

The fire-power of Derby Trailblazers’ Americans proved too much for Leopards as they went down to a 98-76 home loss, on Saturday.
While Leopards’ future signings watched from the stands at Essex Sports Arena on Saturday, Derby Trailblazers’ American pair of Tre-Shawn Wilford (24 points and 14 rebounds) and Malcolm Smith (35 points) poured in 59 points between them to lead their side to a 98-76 win.

Essex Leopards v Derby Trailblazers 03 Nov 2018

The Big Cats started well with Findlay Wood hitting eight points, including two three-pointers, as they led 14-10 after five minutes but they trailed 24-20 at the first break and failed to score during the first four minutes of the second half as Derby took control of the game.

Essex Leopards v Derby Trailblazers 03 Nov 2018

Derby led 49-38 at half-time and extended that advantage by four in the third period before wrapping the win up with a 28-20 final stanza.
Lee Hodges had another massive night on the boards for Leopards with 22 rebounds and a team-high 13 points.
Wood, Rory Winter and Sam Newman all finished with 12 points, with skipper Newman adding six rebounds, while Luke Mascall-Wright chipped in with ten points but Leopards’ reliance on the three point shot – despite hitting only 12 from 38 – proved to their undoing.