Basketball: Tables to be turned on Cadle

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IF Thames Valley Tigers add the NatWest Trophy to their growing list of successes tomorrow by beating the holders Guildford in the final at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena, Kings' coach Kevin Cadle will recognise some of his own work, writes Duncan Hooper.

The Tigers' coach, Mick Bett, played under Cadle at Kingston and when he took over at Thames Valley this season he introduced 'no whistle, no holds barred' training sessions.

Cadle always believed his team's success over the past four years was built on his players facing their toughest opposition in their own training sessions and is quite happy to see them 'beating up on each other'.

Tigers' sessions this season have seen several flare-ups but have resulted in a team less likely to be intimidated. They lead the Carlsberg League, Guildford are fourth, and earlier this month Tigers won their first title for four years at the World Invitational tournament.

Nigel Lloyd, the outstanding individual there, has been named the First Division's player of the month but must have been run close by team-mate Michael Obeseki, the 6ft 6in forward-centre.

Whereas Bett has a full squad of 10 senior players, Cadle must omit one of his leading six men to bring the line-up under salary cap restrictions. Karl Brown seems likely to make way for Lorenzo Duncan.

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