Newcastle woe for Leopards

Leopards produced arguably their worst performance of the season as they went down 75-57 at Newcastle, on Sunday.
After Asante Sandiford and Sam Newman had given the visitors a 4-2 lead, relegation threatened Newcastle went on a 7-0 run and never looked back.
Sandiford broke the run at the foul line but things didn’t improve as the wrapped up the first quarter with a trey to go into the break with a 21-11 lead.
Back-to-back scores from Hodges kept Leopards just about in the game, and Tom Child drained from downtown but the visitors continued to belie their place near the foot of the table and went into the locker room with a 40-27 advantage,
With Child hitting a second triple, Leopards managed to slowly chip away at the deficit, going into the final break 51-42 down, and although scores from Chuck Duru and Daniel Wagener made it a seven point game early in the fourth period that was as good as it got for the visitors as Newcastle closed out the victory.
Sandiford led the way with 13 points, with Newman and Lee Hodges each adding ten points.