Basketball: Rally of the Kings is Cadle's objective

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The Independent Online
GUILDFORD KINGS, knocked out of the European Clubs Championship by Limoges on Thursday, face their toughest challenge so far in the Carlsberg League tonight against Worthing Bears at the Guildford Sports Centre.

The Kings paid the price for allowing Limoges to escape with a 72-72 draw at Crystal Palace in the first leg of the second-round tie last week after they had led 68-60 with four minutes left. In the return leg in France the English champions lost 71-57 for a 143-129 aggregate defeat.

Guildford now take up the place waiting for them in this weekend's draw in Munich for the European Cup, the second-ranking competition, but their coach, Kevin Cadle's, immediate problem is the selection for tonight's game.

Because Guildford exceed the domestic salary cap, Cadle must omit two players against Worthing, who are unbeaten after three victories and are one win behind the Kings at the top of the First Division.

The 6ft 10in Martin Henlan, who scored 23 of Guildford's points in the home leg, managed just four on Thursday, the same total as 6ft 9in Trevor Gordon. The American Tyrone Shoulders scored three and England and Great Britain international, Carl Miller, eight.

Nor did the American guard, Derek Thompkins, escape criticism, although he suffered a split lip during Limoges first attack. 'Thompkins was off the floor only a couple of minutes,' Cadle said. 'But that finished him physically. He just wasn't in it after that.'

Guildford competed only in the back court where the England and GB guards, Karl Brown and Alton Byrd, scored 29 points. 'Everybody else just left it to those two guys. I'm bitterly disappointed,' Cadle said.