Basketball: Kings squeeze out Bullets

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GUILDFORD Kings and Birmingham Bullets take their Carlsberg championship play-off quarter-final series to a deciding third game on Saturday, after the Kings' 93-85 victory at the Spectrum Arena last night, writes Duncan Hooper.

The Kings will again have home advantage and may need it - the Bullets hung on tenaciously throughout the second half to make Guildford wary that their three-point shooters could again spark an upset, as they had done in a 92-86 win at Aston Villa on Sunday.

In the end, it was the pace, strength and tenacity of Guildford's Karl Brown that pulled them through after George Branch and Derek Rucker had inspired a 12-0 spurt for the Bullets which reduced Guildford's 52-36 interval lead to just 60-55.