ESSEX Leopards return to action on Saturday evening as they travel to Hemel Storm for an NBL Division One game.
The Big Cats will look to bounce back after their three point loss at Worthing Thunder before Christmas which ended their perfect start to the league season.
Robert Youngblood’s side are still second in the table with a 6-1 record and will look to close the gap on leaders Derby Trailblazers as they resume their league campaign a week earlier than the rest of the division.
With mercurial point guard Bode Adeluola having departed for France, Storm have been inconsistent this season and are currently ninth in the table with a 4-6 record.
The two sides have already met in Herts this season and the Big Cats produced a storming fourth period to break open a close game and collect an 85-70 National Trophy victory.
Dave Ajumobi led the way with 28 points that day, and the win proved crucial as Leopards took top spot in the group to set up a home quarter-final at the Brentwood Centre against Leicester Warriors on Sunday January 11 (4pm).
The Big Cats are also in action the previous day when they host Warriors in a league game at Harlow Leisure Zone, tip-off 7.30pm.