BRADFORD Dragons’ dismal start to the new campaign continued with two defeats against fellow strugglers Kent Crusaders and Leicester Warriors.

All three sides were looking for their first wins of the season, so it was a chance for the Dragons to put some much-needed points on the board.

The Dragons were boosted by the return of Henri Bongoma and Przemyslaw Wojcik, along with recent signing American power forward Ricky Fetske, who moves from BBL side, Leeds Force, for his second spell in Bradford colours.

The Dragons got off to a strong start, taking an early lead and restricting the Crusaders' chances during the opening minutes of the game.

However, the visitors soon came back into the contest and managed to get their noses ahead, finishing the first quarter with a six point lead, 21-27.

Although the Dragons pulled the deficit back to only two points, Kent managed to keep themselves in front and hold the advantage for half-time, at 34-37.

Following the interval it was again Kent that controlled the momentum of the game, increasing their lead to six heading into the final quarter.

The visitors continued to push at the start of the final period, increasing their lead to 11 points, with seven minutes left on the clock.

But then the Dragons seemed to click into gear and slowly narrowed the score to a mere two points, with less than two minutes of play remaining.

Despite the home side being in the ascendancy, the Crusaders held on for a well-deserved 72-68 victory.

Bradford’s two Americans led the scoring for the Dragons – Nick Moore putting up another double-double with 25 points and 12 rebounds, while newcomer Fetske, marked his second debut for the club with 17 points.

On Sunday, the Dragons made the journey to Leicester Warriors, another winless team. However, once again the Dragons were unable to secure their first victory of the season.

The Warriors led at the end of the first quarter, 24-20, but the Dragons pulled it back to lead 32-34 at half-time.

The travelling Dragons increased their lead to three points in the third period. However, Leicester showed themselves to be the stronger of the two teams, completing an 11-point turnaround in the final quarter, to take a 77-69 victory.

Fetske put 19 points on the board for the Dragons, while both Moore and Bongoma added 16 points each.

After four consecutive losses Bradford remain rooted to the bottom of National Basketball League Division One.

It was a tough weekend all-round with the Dragons’ junior teams also suffering home defeats.

The under-16s hosted Trafford Magic and, despite playing a superb fourth quarter, they could not pull it back enough to avoid a narrow 68-62 defeat. Meanwhile, the under-14s welcomed Tees Valley Mohawks, losing out 49-40.

Dragons’ under-18s completed what was a miserable weekend for the club, suffering a 78-70 loss at neighbours Leeds Force II.