The trophy holders, at last, took their frustrations out on someone else. Karl Brown and Danny Lewis sparked Towers' second half with a 14-2 run, in immediate response to Newcastle's 10-2 surge, to lead 68-57 at the end of the third.
The lead gave them a platform after a first half riddled with turnovers and missed shots from both teams: Towers hit just three from 15 three- pointers before the break.
Yet, when Rob Phelps had scored on the buzzer to cut their half-time lead to 43-39, Towers looked edgy enough to slip to their fifth defeat in seven games.
Instead, Neville Austin's determined start to the fourth quarter kept London 72-62 ahead, then Lewis' and Brown's free throws won an 85-67 lead. Keith Robinson's calm three-pointer on the buzzer may be the final clause in Towers' insurance policy for next Friday's return.Reuse content