Storm blow away Leopards

A poor third period saw Leopards go down 96-84 against Hemel Storm, on Sunday.
The biggest crowd of the season at the Brentwood Centre saw a third period collapse help Storm to victory.
Sam 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.
Asante Sandiford finished with a massive 30 point, ten rebound double-double, with Lee Hodges also adding ten boards to his 16 points. Newman added 15 points and five assists, while Findlay Wood also finished in double figures with ten points.
Hodges and Wood hit four points apiece in an even start to the game, before Sandiford and Rory Winter both scored from downtown.
Captain Newman hit a pair of treys as the three-point barrage continued but Hemel’s American forward Treyvonn Wright beat the clock to tie things at 23 going into the first break.
Former Leopard Will Ashby and Andre Lavinier exchanged baskets to open the second period before Hodges launched a 10-0 run capped with triples from Winter and Newman to give the Big Cats a 37-27 lead with six minutes gone.
A pair of Findlay Wood baskets plus scores from Sandiford and Hodges kept Leopards ahead but Freckleton’s triple clearly gave the visitors hope, despite the former London Lion misssing the free-throw after being fouled by Newman.
Despite a pair of Sandiford treys, Leopards’ 46-41 half-time lead quickly evaporated as a score from another ex-Big Cats Bode Adeluola capped a 14-6 start to the half and gave Hemel a lead they would never lose.
A free-throw from Hodges broke the run, but with Ashby scoring two of Hemel’s four treys in the rest of the period they outscored 20-5 in the space of five minutes to take a 75-58 lead into the final break.
Sandiford scored five points in a 9-4 run to open the fourth period but back-to-back Ashby treys ended any thoughts of a comeback and although three Sandiford triples took his tally to seven for the game and Wood also scoring from downtown, Storm closed out the win.
Adeluola led the visitors with a 27 point, ten assist double-double, with Wright and Freckleton adding 20 points and Ashby 14.