Poor fourth quarter costs Leopards

Levett Leopards suffered their first league defeat of the season as they went down 97-79 at Sussex Bears on Saturday.
The game saw the Big Cats shoot an incredible 24 more field goal attempts than the Bears, but converted only 32 percent of them as a 33-12 final period saw the home side chalk up the win.
Dougie Bennett led the visitors with 19 points and five assists while John Sodipo had seven rebounds and as many assists to go with his 14 points.
The teams shared 38 first period points, and a Jamie Hayes free-throw put his side 30-24 ahead three minutes into the second quarter.
But a Bud Johnston trey put Bears ahead by one at the midway stage of the period and a lay-up from Daren Mason – who led his team with 40 points and 16 rebounds – helped the hosts lead 45-38 going into the half-time break.
The visitors still trailed by seven after four third period minutes, but Shodip launched a 14-3 run capped by a Will Ashby basket to lead by a point with 3:34 on the clock.
Ruben Saiz Colon’s jump shot put the visitors 67-64 ahead at the final break but that was as good as it got for the Big Cats and Mason’s tip-in with two fourth period minutes gone gave Bears a lead they would never lose.