Leopards collect first league win

Luke Mascall-Wright led the way for the second straight week as Leopards collected their first league win of the season with a 95-84 victory against Leicester Warriors, on Saturday.
Mascall-Wright finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as the Big Cats only trailed for 51 seconds in a commanding performance.
Captain Sam Newman added 11 points, nine assists and six boards while Lee Hodges missed out on a double-double by a single rebound as he finished with 15 points.
In a balanced scoring effort Findlay Wood added nine points, with Rory Winter, KJ Lee and Asante Sandiford chipping in with eight points apiece, although the latter’s debut was marred as he picked up two technical fouls and was ejected in the fourth period.
Three-point shooting proved to be the key for the home side as Leopards drained 14 of their 30 shots from the Land of Plenty, while their dominance on the boards saw them out-rebound the Warriors 46-30 as well as dishing out 33 assists.
The sides shared 46 first period points before Leopards took control with a 16-5 run to open the second quarter, and they went into the locker room leading 52-40 ahead.
That lead steadily increased during the third stanza as the Big Cats took an 80-60 lead into the final break.
But the visitors fought their way back into the game with ten unanswered points before a big trey from Newman wrapped up the win.
Pakadashe Chingombe led the visitors with 28 points and eight rebounds, with Lamin Willan adding 22 points for an eight-man Warriors side.