Leopards back on the winning trail

PUBLISHED: 14:39 24 January 2008 | UPDATED: 15:38 11 May 2010

Ipswich Tomcats 60 Essex & Herts Leopards 89 LEOPARDS bounced back from their recent blip with a commanding win over Ipswich Tomcats. The Leopards regained their momentum, and once again Royston schoolboys Joe Graves, Neil Addison and captain Nathan Cros

Ipswich Tomcats 60 Essex & Herts Leopards 89

LEOPARDS bounced back from their recent blip with a commanding win over Ipswich Tomcats.

The Leopards regained their momentum, and once again Royston schoolboys Joe Graves, Neil Addison and captain Nathan Crossman all played vital roles in their side's victory.

From the off, it was clear that the Leopards were up for the match and determined to regain their table-topping form.

And as a result their defensive game was intense and caused the Tomcats a number of problems with the Leopards turning the turnovers into well-worked baskets.

While on the offence the Leopards moved the ball with purpose and skill, and created many scoring opportunities - which in the first period the majority were converted.

The second period was a much tighter affair as the hosts began to find some penetration with both teams trading baskets with some great attacking basketball.

After the interval Leopards' defensive play gave them a platform from which to spring a highly effective offence, and they went into the final period leading 66-47.

And the visitors managed to maintain their court tempo and as a result got back to their winning ways.

Graves made two assists and one steal, while Addison took five points and one offensive and defensive rebound and one block.

Leopards' captain Addison took two points, one steal and two blocks, while also making five assists, seven offensive, rebounds and nine defensive rebounds.

Coach Terry Graves said: "Once again Nathan Crossman, Joe Graves, and Neil Addison were vital to this latest success.

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