Leopards ready for hectic end to season

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LEOPARDS coach Dejan Mihevc is preparing his side for a hectic end to the season.

Leopards travel to league leaders Bristol Academy Flyers tomorrow night before hosting Medway Park Crusaders at the Brentwood Centre on Sunday.

And the two games kick off a busy period for Leopards who will be playing 10 times in the next 30 days.

“This is our first double header of five in a row that we will play in next five weeks” said Mihevc, whose side have won 13 of their last 15 outings.

“We are aware that if we want to qualify for play-offs and especially to finish the season in the top four, what is still reachable, then we must be at our best right now.

“We are not afraid of the games though, in fact it’s the opposite and we are very excited about them.

“We like to play games and we like winning so we will try to keep on doing what we like.”

Leopards have triumphed in their last eight league games.

But they know it will be tough to continue that fine run against a Bristol side who have won 13 of their 16 league matches so far this season and also beat Leopards in the National Trophy a fortnight ago.

“Bristol are always a difficult team to beat,” said Mihevc.

“They are at the top of the league table, they’ve played two finals already this season and they beat us 14 days ago in Trophy semi-finals on their home court so that tells us all we need to know.

“But it’s going to be difficult for them as well.”

After that showdown, Leopards will be seeking revenge against a Crusaders side who were the last team to beat them in the league, back in December.

Leopards hope to have Basildon based Lukas Volskis back for the game along with Joe Lockwood from Rayleigh but shooting guard John Lister remains a doubt with a back injury.

Tip off at the Brentwood Centre on Sunday is at 4pm.

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