Basketball: Tigers fall foul of Nelson touch

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WORTHING BEARS may have lost their Budweiser League title to Thames Valley, but they ensured the Tigers will not win all the domestic honours this season by beating them 92-83 in the National Cup final at Sheffield Arena on Saturday night, writes Duncan Hooper.

'This team is not good enough to win all the titles,' said the Tigers coach, Mick Bett. But inside the final two minutes they still had victory in their grasp, despite the anonymous American Tony Holley and a bench shortened by Leo Rogers and Mark Scott who were Cup-tied.

With the Bears leading 83-79, Worthing's Steve Nelson stood his ground to take the defensive charge as four Tigers bore down. From Worthing's next offence the smooth Nelson scored to take his total to 20, while Holley fouled Cleave Lewis to concede two free throws.

A match-winning moment, but the match-winning performance came from Worthing's other American, Herman Harried, who dominated Holley to score 21 first-half points.

Leading scorers: Worthing: Harried 33, Nelson 20, Lewis 15, Cunningham 12, Irish 12. Thames Valley: Lloyd 21, Scantlebury 15, Hayles 13.

Worthing suffered a Cup hangover in the Budweiser League last night, when they lost 87-84 at Doncaster. Herman Harried was disqualified in the third quarter.