Leopards split weekend

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It was a mixed weekend for Leopards as they won 93-91 at Leicester Warriors to move within touching distance of a play-off spot before going down 96-84 against Hemel Storm at the Brentwood Centre, on Sunday.
Leopards led for most of the game at Leicester, but had to withstand a late fight-back from the hosts to record a victory that realistically means they need one win from their final four games to seal a place in the post-season.
The Big Cats started slowly but led 26-18 at the first beak before sharing 50 points in the second quarter.
A 25-24 third period saw that lead grow to nine at the last break but it took a Lee Hodges free-throw with four seconds on the clock to wrap up the win.
Asante Sandiford led the Big Cats with 28 points and five rebounds, while Hodges added a 19 point, ten rebound double-double. Chuck Duru came off the bench to add 18 points while captain Sam Newman finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
The following day saw the biggest crowd of the season at the Brentwood Centre saw a third period collapse help Storm to victory.
Newman had put the Big Cats 46-38 ahead heading into the final 20 seconds of the first half, but Blaine Freckleton gave Hemel hope with a trey and they carried that into the third quarter as they outscored the home side 34-12 to wrap up the win.
The teams had split 46 first period points, but despite Baker’s team winning the second quarter 23-18 and the fourth 26-21, it was Hemel who took the win.
Sandiford finished with a massive 30 point, ten rebound double-double, with Hodges also adding ten boards to his 16 points. Newman aded 15 points and five assists, while Findlay Wood also finished in double figues with ten points.