While they’ve won their share of close games, Sunday’s loss against Leicester proved to be a heartbreaker as a key call with 41 seconds on the clock saw AJ Roberts foul out on an offensive call, and the visitors held on for the win.
In front of another big crowd at Brentwood, Leopards trailed early in the game but four Roberts points helped them tie the game at 8-8 and a Jamie Hayes trey kept them in touch at 16-14 down going into the first break
Although a Roberts trey put his side p by one at the start of the second period, the visitors reeled off 11 straight points to take a commanding 29-17 lead
But a trey from Caleb Tabiner (right) launched a 14-1 run and seven straight points from Roberts sent his side into the locker room with a 31-30 half-time lead.
Justin Hitchman opened the second half scoring before a four minute drought saw Warriors score 12 unanswered points to open a nine point lead.
Perry Lawson ended the run with a trey, and with Dougie Bennett scoring five points and Roberts also scoring from long range, Leopards closed out the period on a 15-7 run to only trail 69-68 at the final break.
A Shaq Lewis free-throw saw Leopards regain the lead early in the fourth period and Hitchman again take a one point lead going into the last minute before Warriors finished strongly, and with Roberts fouling out, Lawson’s late trey was too late to prevent an 11th straight loss.
Roberts led his side with 18 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, while Lewis had 12 points and four boards in probably his best performance of the season.
Bennett added 11 points while Hayes finished with ten points and seven rebounds.
Warriors were led by an 18 point, ten rebound double-double.