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Basketball: Leopards leap to pre-season win

Lifestyle / Tue 16th Sep 2014 at 02:51pm

ESSEX Leopards made the perfect start to life at Harlow Leisure Zone with a 108-51 victory against Philippines Select on Sunday.

The result was never in doubt as the Big Cat scored the first 17 points of the game before the introduction of the second unit saw the visitors cut the lead to 25-11 at the first break.

The Philippines team were held to just two points in the first nine and half minutes of the second period as Leopards’ poured in 21 points of their own before Mike Mustre hit a trey to make the half-time score 46-16.

Eleven unanswered points from the home side saw Leopards’ lead grow to 60-18 before the visitors hit the final six points of the third period to cut the lead to 74-33 at the final break.

With three minutes remaining Leopards looked set to miss out on a century of points as they led 92-51, but Will Ashby exploded with four straight three-pointers in under two minutes to wrap up the win.

Courtney Van Beest and Ashby led the Big Cats’ scoring with 19 points apiece with Ryan Wilson adding 16 and Dave Ajumobi and Byron Richards 13 apiece.

The Big Cats now have a home double at the Brentwood Centre at the weekend with London Lions visiting on Friday before Leopards face Barking Abbey in the National Cup first round on Sunday.

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