Korrey leads the way for Big Cats

A strong finish saw Levett Leopards make it eight wins from nine as Team Birmingham Elite were beaten 73-63, on Saturday.
The visitors produced a fighting – though at times over-physical – performance that belied their lowly league but 20 points and seven rebounds from Korey Callum helped Thomas Baker’s side continue their promotion push.
Captain Dougie Bennett finished with 16 points and four assists despite playing only 27 minutes after a clattering challenge late in the first half that not only went unpunished but saw coach Thomas Baker receive a technical foul for complaining.
Jamie Hayes and Jerrell Laine added eight points apiece, while Antonio Deogratias marked his debut with 11 rebounds, six points and two assists for a Leopards’ team who were without Will Ashby, Caleb Taberner and Jamie Rodwell.
Shaq Lewis opened the scoring, and with Jamie Hayes, Kevin Moyo and Bennett also getting on the scoreboard the home side rushed into an early 8-2 lead.
But despite five straight points from youngster Jordan George, the visitors fought back and the teams were tied at 19 going into the first break before the midlands side opened the second period with a 10-0 run.
Back-to-back Bennett three pointers pulled Leopards back into the game and a trey from Callum tied the game at 33 with three first half minutes remaining.
Two foul shots from Moyo gave the hosts the lead again and a pair of Jamie Hayes free-throws sent the hosts into the locker room with a 40-38 half-time lead.
Hayes opened the second half scoring and low scoring third period saw three-point plays from Callum, Bennett and Layne kept Leopards ahead.
Lewis converted two foul shots to send his side into the final break with a 55-50 lead, and Callum hit another trey to open the fourth period..
Callum continued to torment the visitors as Leopards’ lead was stretched to ten points early in the fourth period.
Although the visitors narrowed the gap to two points with three minutes remaining but foul trouble eventually caught up with them and Deogratias launched an 8-0 run to close out the win.