Leopards failed to build on a good start on Saturday as they went down 79-53 against Loughborough Riders at Oaklands.
The home side trailed 23-14 at the first break and despite treys from James Cummings and Ray Akpofure they went into the locker room trailing 40-25 as Riders scored the final seven points of the half.
Another triple from Cummings followed by one from captain Chuck Duru made it a ten point game with six third period minutes gone, but for Leicester player Harrison Gamble answered from downtown to launch a 9-1 run from the visitors and they went into the final break with a 59-39 lead.
Cummings led the Leopards’ scoring for the first time with 12 points, but Lartey was the only other Big Cat in double figures with 11 points and six rebounds. Duru and Okoro each added nine points with the latter adding six boards in a game where the home side were out-rebounded 64-41.
A balanced Riders offence was led by 16 points and five rebounds from Gamble, with Dieterich adding ten points and five board while Jordan Santiago also had ten points.