Basketball: Leicester strive to keep cool

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LEICESTER CITY RIDERS will try to keep their finger away from the self-destruct button tonight to reach the semi-finals of the National Cup at the expense of the ailing holders, Guildford Kings, at the Granby Halls, writes Duncan Hooper.

The Riders, beaten finalists in 1991, lost 82-71 in the Budweiser League at Doncaster on Thursday, after conceding four technical fouls and eight free throws in the same incident. The score was 51-51 when Leicester's Gene Waldron fouled out on his fourth and fifth offences, the latter a technical. Waldron then kicked a chair, which credited his coach, Jerry Jenkins, with a second technical. Jenkins then earned two further technicals for disputing the affair, which automatically disqualified him from the court.

Injury-hit Guildford are unlikely to have cleared their new American, 6ft 8in Doug Arnold, in time for the game, and it is unclear whether Martin Clark will continue his comeback from retirement.