Double for Leopards has them dreaming of a remarkable escape from relegation

Elvisi Dusha in action for Leopards against Nottingham Hoods. Picture: PAUL PHILLIPS

Elvisi Dusha in action for Leopards against Nottingham Hoods. Picture: PAUL PHILLIPS - Credit: Archant

A pair of contrasting victories have thrown Leopards a relegation lifeline – and they go into Saturday’s game against Barking Abbey at Oaklands College knowing that a fourth straight win will ensure another season of Division One basketball.

Orlan Jackman in action for Leopards against Nottingham Hoods. Picture: PAUL PHILLIPS

Orlan Jackman in action for Leopards against Nottingham Hoods. Picture: PAUL PHILLIPS - Credit: Archant

The Big Cats won a thriller 99-96 at Liverpool to consign the Merseyside club to relegation while 24 hours later a barrage of three-pointers downed Nottingham Hoods 127-95 at Oaklands.

England international Orlan Jackman was in scintillating form for Thomas Baker's team in both games, finishing with 37 points against Liverpool and a further 20 against Nottingham.

He also claimed 20 rebounds.

Leopards led for just 52 seconds in Liverpool but they were at the important end.

They trailed 96-88 with 2:29 on the clock before launching an amazing 11-point run to clinch the win.

Things were a bit less fraught the following day as the Big Cats never looked back after a 35-22 first period and like Jackman, Elvisi Dusha also picked up 20 points in that game.

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The St Albans-based side sit 11th of 14 with three games to go.