MATCH REPORTS: United knock the spots off the Leopards

London United extended their winning streak to 7-0 in the EBL Division 1 to become the only men's team in all English Division's to remain unbeaten after this weekends victory on the road to Essex and Herts Leopards.


United started the brighter of the teams as Polish import Jacek Jagodka caught fire with 10 straight points with a dunk on the break and two three pointers out of the half court offence. With that initial statement London's game tempo was set and from then on in they played with control and intensity to stay in the lead throughout. The first quarter ended with United up 10-22.


Leopards typically fought hard to bring the game back and it was Herrin and Wicker who did their best to make an impact, although United were having none of it as big man Damian Reid dominated the paint in the second quarter with a couple of huge dunks to keep Leopards at bay 25-39 at the half.


United's defence kept Leopards away from the basket and the speed of the London guards allowed some easy break points to maintain a lead of around 20 points. Leopards fought back to bring the game to 14 points in the 3rd quarter, but United then turned up the heat again as Junior Williams found open men all over the court for them to bring back the 20 point cushion.


Roger Lloyd fouled out of the game for Leopards after three quick fouls on United centre Pete Van Elswyk who failed to capitalise from the free throw line only nailing 2 from 6. However United saw the game out through great teamwork and defence winning by 18 points 67-85.

United top scorers were Jagodka 17, Saloman 14 and Williams 13.

United next game is Sunday 5th December against local rivals PAWS London Capitals at Brunel University with tickets available on the door at 4.50 and 1.50 students.


+ updated by on December 5, 2004

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