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Leopards thrash Worthing, but lose to Leicester
4:36pm Wednesday 17th October 2012 in Local Sport
BASKETBALL: Leopards moved to within touching distance of a place in the national trophy quarter-finals as they hammered Worthing Thunder 90-64 on Sunday.
The Big Cats led from tip to buzzer at Basildon Sporting Village.
Robert Youngblood’s team produced a disappointing display in Saturday’s 88-83 loss at Leicester Warriors, and assistant coach Roger Malpass was pleased with the improvement on Sunday.
Sunday saw Carl Josey lead the Big Cats with an 18 point, 12 rebound double-double, adding five assists. Lawrence Cummings had eight assists to go with his 14 points, with Taner Adu also finishing on 14 points
All nine Leopards – Rowell Graham and Simonas Bublys were again missing due to injury – got on the scoreboard. Tom Martin has his best game as a Leopard with 13 points and four assists, and Greg Hernandez continued his comeback with 12 points and nine boards.
Robert Youngblood’s side out-rebounded the visitors 39-24, and dished out an impressive 26 assists as they shot 53 per cent from the floor, including seven from 17 outside the arc.
Adu opened the scoring and Josey hit the first of three treys as Leopards blew into a 5-0 lead after two minutes, and went into the first break 20-11 ahead.
The opening minutes of the second period saw Leopards take control as Hernandez, Martin and Duane Camille put them ahead by 15 before Adu hit a three and Camille wrapped up the 15-0 run off Martin’s assist.
Worthing never got closer than 16 points in the rest of the half and went into the locker room trailing 43-27 at half-time and the lead never dipped below 15 again.
Leopards had slipped to their second National Trophy defeat of the campaign as they went down 88-83 at Leicester Warriors, on Saturday.
Greg Hernandez recovered from a foot injury to lead the Big cats with 22 points.
Carl Josey had 21 points, with Taner Adu adding 15 and Simon Cummings ten.