Basketball: Bears show title appetite
Monday 15 February 1993
Cunningham, who needed four stitches and was slightly concussed, was put out of the game by Gordon's action, which incensed the crowd but was apparently unseen by either official.
'I thought he was my friend,' Cunningham said. The 6ft 8in Worthing player-coach, who was team-mates with the 6ft 9in Gordon in the Guildford side last season, admitted that 'basketball's a tough game,' but he was clearly upset by the incident. Yet the fact that his team managed to achieve victory without him suggests that they have the character necessary to claim a major prize.
Worthing's win, after they trailed by a sizeable nine-point deficit - 48-37 - at the interval, strengthened their lead in the Carlsberg League as they capitalised on Thames Valley's defeat at Derby last week, which cost the Tigers top place in the First Division.
If Guildford hoped that Tigers' defeat had opened the door to a successful defence of their title, the Bears firmly slammed it in their faces. Colin Irish was also with Guildford last season and he led a determined Worthing effort with 39 points.
Last night, Worthing won
86-73 at third-placed London Towers, opening a decisive 71-59 lead with a 12-0 spurt after Cunningham came off the Bears' bench.
CARLSBERG LEAGUE Men: First Division (Saturday): Birmingham Bullets 103 Cheshire Jets 84; Thames Valley Tigers 107 Leicester Riders 88; Worthing Bears 100 Guildford Kings 91; Oldham Celtics 93 Manchester Giants 88; Hemel Hempstead Royals 69 London Towers 105. (Yesterday) Guildford 110 Manchester 102; Sunderland Saints 84 Derby Bucks 73; London 73 Worthing 86. Second Division: Bury Lobos 89 Barnsley Generals 78; Coventry Flyers 68 Cardiff 70; Plymouth Raiders 103 Lewisham Lightning 97; Solent Stars 74 Ware Rebels 86. Women: First Division: Chesham Ladies 64 Nottingham Wildcats 76; Sheffield Hatters 73 Cheshire Ladies 57. Second Division: Camberley Golden Eagle 41 Brixton Lady Topcats 62.
Latest in Sport
Mario Balotelli to Liverpool: Best memes as Twitter reacts to imminent £16m transfer
Manchester United transfer news: Louis van Gaal joins Arsenal and Chelsea in the race for Sami Khedira
Mario Balotelli takes 50 per cent pay cut to join Liverpool as Samuel as Eto’o waits in the wings if deal falls through
Crystal Palace next manager latest: Palace consider Ally McCoist - EXCLUSIVE
Click here for the full story." title="When a youngster asked for an autograph outside Manchester City's training ground, Balotelli demanded to know why the boy was playing truant. After the child revealed he was being bullied, Balotelli drove the boy and his mother to the school in question so he could tackle the bully himself. He demanded to see the headmaster to make him aware of the issue and then mediated between the two boys to resolve the problem. A source said: 'Mario feels strongly about bullying.' Click here for the full story." width="88" height="52" />Mario Balotelli: The funniest stories
- 1 'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
- 2 Mother fed her daughter tapeworms to make her skinny for pageant
- 3 Crystal Palace next manager latest: Palace consider Ally McCoist - EXCLUSIVE
- 5 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
£50000 - £60000 per annum: Harrington Starr: A world leading business intellig...
£40000 - £60000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Application Support Analyst-(UNIX...
£30000 - £50000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Application Support Analyst - SQL...
£40000 - £60000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Application Support - FIX protoco...