Saturday’s game saw a rematch of November’s National Cup quarter-final where Leeds came away on the wrong side of the result. This time Carnegie were fully focused for the 40 minutes and after a close opening two periods, Carnegie opened up a narrow 4 point lead to take into the half time break.
Leeds stepped up their defensive effort in the second half limiting Newham to just 18 points in the final 20 minutes of the game, whilst pouring on 36 of their own.
Carnegie’s scoring was led by Armand Anebo with 15 points while Newham were led by ex-Leeds player David Ajumobi with 12 points.
After the long trip back up the M1 Leeds were slow out of the gates on Sunday against Worthing Thunder. Carnegie only managed to score 14 opening quarter points whilst struggling to limit Thunder’s fast paced transition offense, leaving Leeds down by 3 points at the end of the first period. The second quarter saw a role reversal as Carnegie found their offensive rhythm whilst also being able to slow down Worthing’s attacking options. This hard work on both ends of the floor had given Leeds a 6 point lead at the half.
Carnegie continued to pile the pressure on Worthing in the third quarter as they continued to dominate on both ends, with Leeds finding their range from the perimeter. This gave Carnegie a 14 point lead to take into the final period. Worthing however weren’t finished as they looked to stage another last quarter rally to claim the win. Leeds however kept their composure and sealed the 73-63 victory in the closing minutes from the free throw line.
Carnegie’s scoring was once again led by Armand Anebo with 19 points whilst Worthing were led by Tom Ward with 15 points.
These two wins see Carnegie jump up to 4th in the league and reignite their league championship hopes. The team will now look to prepare for the biggest year in the club’s history, as 2014 will see them move up into the top league in the UK whilst they also look to close out the Division One season with silverware.
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