Disappointment for Leopards in Suffolk

Ipswich v Levett Essex Leopards, 24 Feb 2018

A terrible five minute spell at the end of the third period cost Leopards as they went down 95-76 at Ipswich on Saturday.
The Big Cats were leading 51-50 when the home side called a timeout midway through the third period, and the move worked as they hit two three pointers in an 8-0 run and outscored them 21-7 to close out the quarter with a 71-58 lead.
With brothers Kevin and David Moyo missing due to injury, coach Thomas Baker was left with junior Jose Morais as his only point guard, and the Big Cats finished the game with 21 turnovers.
Jamie Rodwell returned after injury and pulled down seven rebounds, but it was skipper Bennett who led the way for the visitors with 19 points, three assists and three boards.
Will Ashby added 15 points and Korey Callum 11 but the Big Cats struggled from behind the three point arc, converting only seven of their 31 attempts.
Caleb Tabanar opened the scoring for the Big Cats and they controlled the early stages with treys from Morais, Jamie Hayes and Ashby they jumped out to a 17-11 at the five minute mark.
Five of Leopards’ seven treys came in the first period, but despite scores from the Land of Plenty by Jerell Layne and Callum, Ipswich showed they weren’t going to roll over and Leopards went into the first break with a slender 24-23 lead.
Haynes hit a triple to give Ipswich their first lead of the game with the opening score of the second quarter but Bennett and Tabanar replied to restore the Big Cats’ lead.
Neither side were able to lead by more than three points in the second period and five straight points from Ipswich captain Colin Dockerill gave the hosts a three point lead in the final seconds before two free-throws from Callum to cut the deficit to 43-42.
Tabanar gave Leopards the lead with the opening score of the second half before Ipswich replied with seven straight points.
Morais hit a trey to break the run before four straight Bennett points gave Leopards what proved to be their final lead of the group before Ipswich made their decisive run, and despite a 14-9 finish to the game from Leopards, they had left themselves with too much to do.