LEOPARDS kept their double hopes alive with an 82-76 victory against Bradford Dragons at a packed out Brentwood Centre, on Sunday.

The win in the play-off quarter-final sends them through to the Final Four for a record-breaking fifth successive season and they will face Kent Crusaders at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield on Saturday with the winner facing either Derby Trailblazers or Manchester Magic in the following day’s final.

Crusaders have been the Big Cats bogey side this season, winning three of the four meetings – with home court advantage being key in all four games.

The young Crusaders’ team were in contention for the league title all season before finishing fourth in arguably the tightest Division One race in history.

In front of Brentwood Mayor Vicky Davies and Brentwood’s Tory Westminster candidate Eric Pickles, there was little choose between the two teams, until once again

Leopards stepped up in the final four minutes – outscoring the visitors 14-6 to seal the game.