Revenge is sweet for Leopards

Revenge was sweet for Levett Leopards as they made it seven wins from their last eight games with an 88-76 victory against Sussex Bears at the Brentwood Centre on Sunday.
The Big Cats had produced arguably their worst display of the season when they lost 97-79 against the Bears in October, but a repeat never looked on the cards as the hosts produced a controlled performance for most of the game.
Captain Dougie Bennett decided to change his number to improve his luck, and the new number 41 led the way for his side with 26 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Although Caleb Taberner gave them the lead, Thomas Baker’s team struggled in the early minutes, trailing 16-8 at the five minute mark
But Korey Callum’s three pointer launched a 7-0 run to drag them back into the game, and Bennett capped another 7-0 tear with a three pointer to give his side a 26-22 first period lead.
Jamie Hayes opened the second period with a lay-up and a Taberner jump shot put his side 33-22 ahead.
But the visitors refused to lie down, and made it a four point game before triples from Bennett and Callum helped the home side lead 46-39 going into the half-time break.
Scores from Will Ashby and Bennett saw Leopards’ lead grow to 11 and it only briefly dipped into single figures as they went into the final break with a 64-55 lead.
Bennett took the lead back into double digits with the first score of the fourth period as he sunk another trey before and Taberner brought the crowd to their feet with a trademark dunk.
The Leopards captain added two more from the Land of Plenty as he finished with 7-13 from downtown and Callum also scored from long range as the Big Cats comfortably closed out the win.
Ashby finished with 16 points and five assists, with Callum and Taberner each adding 11 points, the latter adding nine rebounds. Despite the visitors’ height advantage, the Big Cats won the rebounding battle 52-49, and dished out an impressive 29 assists.
Tomas Seduikis was the star man for Bears, finishing with 31 points and seven boards, but Joe Carter was the only other Sussex player to score more than seven points, finishing with 20 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.