Leopards’ season halted in coronavirus crisis

Leopards’ season appears to be over after the coronavirus crisis saw Basketball England call a halt to all games under its jurisdiction for two weeks.

The Big Cats were due to host Barking Abbey is a key relegation battle on Saturday before playing Leicester Warriors at home over the coming weekend and travelling to Worthing Thunder the following day.

There seems little chance of the games being played and Thomas Baker’s side will hope that their current fourth-from-bottom placing in the Division One table will assure them another season of top flight basketball.

Leopards have also been forced to postpone the Keith Tewkesbury Memorial Game at the Brentwood Centre on March 29 due to the crisis, and general manager Dave Ryan admitted the club’s disappointment:

“We’d just started to play some great basketball but it seems it’s all over for us” he said. “I think we could’ve played this weekend, whether it was behind closed doors or with a restricted crowd, and it would’ve solved a lot of problems for Basketball England but it wasn’t to be.

“The biggest disappointment is that we can’t play Keith’s game. I’m sure we can find a solution with the Brentwood Centre to get the game played and remember our friend in the way we wanted to.”

Mick Ferris

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