Leopards face New Year test on the bounce

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Leopards open the New Year  with a massive weekend, and coach Thomas Baker knows the importance of their double-header.

The Big Cats travel to Barking Abbey for a key relegation scrap on Saturday before the following day sees reigning champions Solent Kestrels visit the Brentwood Centre. Both games tip-off at 4pm and with a big crowd expected at Brentwood advance booking at www.leopardsbasketball.co.uk is recommended.

“It is important we have a strong start to this part of the season, I am looking forward to getting back on court with the guys & hitting the ground running in 2020″ said Baker.

“These games will be a great test for us to show what we are made of, Barking recently won the BTM tournament at Christmas and will be buoyed by that, and Solent are currently undefeated.

“I believe with can improve our fortunes for this part of the season and the guys do too. We have a good run of home games to start this part of the season and it will be great to play in front of a packed crowd on Sunday at the Brentwood Centre.”

Leopards and Barking go into Saturday’s key with one league win apiece and with the sides yet to meet this season it’s a vital game for both teams.

In contrast, Kestrels are busy steamrollering their way to a second successive league title and have won their first 13 league games as well as reaching the National Cup semi-final. Their margin of victory in the league has been 33.3 points per game, and would undoubtedly be higher if Liverpool had shown up for their game on the south coast in November.

The only problem for the Southampton team has been a leaky roof at their six-month old venue which has damaged the main court.

Mick Ferris

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