Basketball: Giants lead the pack

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The Independent Online
MANCHESTER GIANTS have taken a clear lead in the Budweiser League, and set the tone for a week they expect to end in triumph at the League Trophy Final against Derby Storm on Saturday night.

Two free throws from Tony Dorsey edged Giants to a 94-92 win over Newcastle Eagles, while the previous joint leaders, Sheffield Sharks, were losing 84-77 at Greater London Leopards for their fourth defeat of the season.

Derby, who face Giants in the Trophy Final without the banned Rico Alderson and Yorick Williams, were also without their suspended coach, Bob Donewald, for Saturday's 77-66 defeat at London Towers.

Donewald will complete his latest two-game ban at home to Edinburgh Rocks on Wednesday night, in time for the final.