After last weeks convincing victory against Manchester at home, the Eagles were back on home soil for another game in the Premier North, this time against Leeds who narrowly beat them by 2 in the second game of the season.
The first quarter was the best defensively display for the Eagles, forcing many turnovers and rewarding themselves with easy points in transition. Eagles took a 16-6 lead before Leeds went on a run themselves finishing 18-13 to the home side.
The second was balanced across all categories for both sides. It began with Eagles going on a 8-2 run to extend their run even further however some poor defensive displays and struggling to rebound, Leeds took the easy points. The lead was halved going into the third quarter, eagles ahead 34-29.
The third is where the Eagles managed to score their most points. Some great ball movement, executing easy points and some more good defensively displays allowed the home side to extend their lead. Leeds found themselves at the foul line throughout the quarter and converted every time. The Eagles ahead 53-44.
The last quarter was dramatic, up tempo play from both sides allowed for each side to punish the other as Leeds piled on the pressure going into the last few minutes after some contested 3’s cutting the lead massively. It was the Eagles were at the free throw the most this quarter however not converting allowed Leeds back into the game. Both teams traded baskets before a critical turnover for the Eagles meant Leeds went back to the free throw line. This resulted in both being missed and the Eagles escaped with a 70-69 victory.
Leicester will be the visitors next week as the Eagles look to host once more before heading back on the road for the final time this calendar year.