Leopards crushed in Southampton

Leopards’ Division One season opened ended in a heavy loss as they went down 122-61 at Solent Kestrels, on Saturday.
The home side opened with an 8-0 run and never looked back as they dominated from tip to buzzer, going into the first break 33-19 and then effectively ending the game as a contest with a 29-19 second period to lead 62-38 at half-time. Things didn’t get any better for the Big Cats in the second half as they lead grew to 91-52 at the final break and the fourth quarter saw them outscored 31-9, adding only a single point in the last five minutes.
Hafeez Adbul led Leopards with 17 of his 24 points coming in the first half, adding five boards and three assists. Jerelle Okoro was the only other Big Cat in double figures, finishing with ten points while Prince Lartey adding eight as Leopards suffered the biggest defeat in club history. The home side crushed Baker’s team on the boards as they were outrebounded 59-32 and shot just 26 percent from the floor.
Solent’s American pair Ian Smith and Travis Charles finished with 26 points apiece, with the latter adding nine rebounds. Elliot Sentance marked his debut with 23 points, four boards and three assists while captain Elliot Dadds had 23 points and nine rebounds, and Luke Busumbru had 13 points and five assists.