Leopards edged out in Bradford

Leopards are still searching for their first win after going down 86-77 at Bradford Dragons, on Saturday.
Thomas Baker’s side had opportunities to win the game down the stretch, but poor decision making proved key as they lost their third successive league game.
Guard Jerrelle Okoro (right)knows that there his side need to keep making progress: “We have improved a lot over recent weeks” he said.
“We have to go back to the drawing board and continue to find ways to improve and work on it till we get the performances we want and the wins we are looking for”
The Big Cats had started well, taking a 19-10 lead after five minutes, and going into the first break with a 28-21 lead. With Hafeez Abdul (left) scoring well, the visitors built a 40-29 lead before Dragons finished the half strongly to cut the advantage to 48-43 going into the locker room.
The teams split 22 points in the opening five minutes of the second half before Dragons took control, outscoring the Leopards 13-6 to lead 67-65 going into the final break and they remained in control to leave the Big Cats winless.
Dave Walsh led Dragons with 20 points and five rebounds, while Ricky Fetske added 15 points and missed a double-double by a rebound. Jermayne Laing added 14 points for Chris Mellor’s side while Rihards Sulcs finished with 13 points, nine assists, six rebounds and five steals.
Abdul led Leopards with 28 points and five rebounds as he became the first player under Baker to play a full 40 minutes. Ray Akpofure finished with a season-high 14 points and five boards, with captain Chuck Duru adding 11 points and eight rebounds. Okoro and Prince Lartey completed the visitors’ scoring with ten points apiece.