Baker encouraged despite Classic defeats

Despite his team failing to collect a win as they hosted the Essex Classic tournament over the weekend, Leopards coach Thomas Baker believed there was plenty to be encouraged about as his new-look side took to the floor.
“Overall we learnt a lot about ourselves this weekend” he said. “Naïvity is a word that I would use to describe how we were early on in the tournament however, as the games went on we started to show the potential this team has and we competed hard throughout day two and showed real improvement.
“The players responded well to being challenged, self-awareness and self-reflection are going to be essential in our development and there were some really insightful reflections from the guys and this is something I am consciously trying to encourage in how we approach each and every moment.
“The season is going to be a journey and it is important the players remain committed to the process and come together in holding each other accountable to the standards we set.
“I am optimistic about the season ahead but we have long way to go in order to get to where we want to be. I enjoyed getting on the floor with the guys and it was great to coach this new look Leopards team. It’s going to be an exciting season.”
Baker enjoyed the Classic, which saw London Lions lift the trophy: “The tournament itself was a success. Really well ran, strong teams competing it out and a great event altogether. From the national anthem singer to the sponsors in Herbalife and Hardwood ventures to the two touring American teams and the London Lions it was a fantastic event to be part of and a big shout out to Tony Shaw and the rest of the Leopards staff who made the event what it was.”