Key game for Big Cats on Sunday

Leopards return to action at Oaklands on Sunday when they host Liverpool, tip-off 3.30pm.
The game will be a key one for both sides as they look to ensure that they will play Division One basketball next season. Liverpool went 29-1 against Division Two teams last season, as they won the league and play-offs to reach the top flight for the only the second time.
In common with Leopards their team is made up of home-grown British players and they went into last weekend’s game with two wins from eight games. Their victories came against fellow strugglers Barking Abbey and at Bradford Dragons, but last week they failed to fulfil their fixture at Solent Kestrels and look set to have a league win deducted from their record. Their survival hopes took another knock this week with the departure of key players Jack Hudson and David Ulph to BBL side Manchester Giants, and they lost another of their starting five immediately after their 101-67 National Cup loss at second division side Myerscough when Mark Rangley announced his retirement. .
Senior basketball’s never really made it on Merseyside, Everton/Mersey Tigers’ brief BBL life went from one extreme to the other, while Liverpool have generally bounced around the lower divisions – their only other season in Division One ending in relegation with a 6-20 record.
While our predecessors Ware Rebels did face Liverpool in the second tier back in 2001/2 and in the National Cup two years later, it wasn’t until the 2017/18 campaign that the Leopards faced the Merseyside side. The two games couldn’t have been more contrasting with the Big Cats winning a thriller 82-80 on the road before producing their worst performance of the season as Liverpool won 89-52.
There will be 24 seconds of applause before Sunday’s game in memory of Leopards’ game-day announcer, stats-man and co-founder of our club in 2004. Keith left us last week, and we hope you will join us in remembering his life.
RIP Keith
Forever a Leopard