Basketball: Leak lively but Dorsey brings down Leicester

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BILLY MIMS failed to extend his winning start as Leicester's coach to a third game at the Granby Halls last night, where Manchester Giants' storming start to the second half carried them to 110-97 win in the Championships Northern Conference.

Malcolm Leak scored 23 points on his Leicester debut but Giants' Tony Dorsey with a triple-double of 30 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds proved the decisive influence on the game.

Leak, the 6ft 8in American who left London Towers on Thursday, closed the first quarter and opened the second with his first two baskets for the club and then Rob Wilson followed up to give Leicester a 30-21 lead. But a rebound and basket from Roy Hairston sparked a 12-0 Giants run, which was ended by Karl Brown's three-pointer to tie the scores 33-33. Ronnie Baker's second three-pointer pushed Giants 44-39 ahead before Purnell Perry and Kevin St Kitts closed the half from the foul line to finish the half on 44-44.

The Riders sleep walked into the second period and went eight points down inside a minute without scoring. Despite three three-pointers from Leak, they were never in touching distance again.

London Tower's general manager, Rick Taylor, might consider fitting a revolving door at Crystal Palace after the latest spate of arrivals and departures saw Leak quit to be replaced yesterday by the former Rider John Potter.

Taylor claimed to be "surprised and disappointed" yesterday by the American's decision to join Leicester, yet Towers plainly already had signed Potter as replacement.

The disruption at Towers began when Randy Duck quit after he was left out of their European Cup games, then Ray Schultz was forced out by the salary cap restrictions.

The chopping and changing is reflected in Towers' results. Although they take an unbeaten nine-game domestic run into tonight's London Derby with the Leopards they finished their European Cup group in bottom place after yet another disappointing foray into international basketball.

n On Christmas Eve, players from North and South Korea will meet for a match in Seoul in another attempt to promote good relations between the two countries. The game will be the last in a decade of goodwill sports exchanges.