Thames Valley Tigers slipped to second place after their astonishing 77-74 defeat at Derby Bucks and tonight face equally awkward customers in Leicester City Riders.
Worthing are guaranteed a capacity crowd for tonight's game with the defending champions, Guildford Kings, who are fourth. Then, tomorrow, the Bears visit third-placed London Towers.
Derby, ninth and struggling to reach the quarter-finals of the play-offs, trailed Tigers 28-14 but were handed a passport back into the game when Tigers moved in to a zone defence.
Derby's perimeter game clicked and three-pointers from Tim Lascelles, who finished with 23 points, the American, Lester Hood, and the England fringe player, Kurt Samuels, sent them in 39-33 down at the interval.
Despite Hood fouling out with more than seven minutes to play, another three-pointer from Lascelles gave Derby a 65-61 lead and then a third from the long-serving Buck put them 71-68 ahead.
Derby moved into the final minute leading 75-72. Paul James cut their lead to a single point but after the same player was called for a travelling violation with seven seconds to go, Michael Obaseki was left with no option but to foul Samuels and he clinched the victory from the free-throw line.Reuse content