Basketball: Towers felled by Pavicevic

London Towers 56 Belgrade 65
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London Towers 56 Belgrade 65

London Towers' European crusade, which began at Wembley with victory over Milan two months ago, fizzled out into their fourth consecutive home defeat last night.

London's woeful home form, which has now cost them a place in the last 32, continued with a dismal certainty.

They scored just one basket in the first eight minutes, from Martin Gottfried, and missed eight out of 14 free throws to trail 32-23 at the interval.

London's key offensive threat, Danny Lewis, failed to score in the first 20 minutes and led his players back to the locker-room for yet another half time tongue-lashing from the coach, Kevin Cadle.

It made little difference as London were allowed only the briefest of revivals in the second period. Luka Pavicevic, the veteran former international, quelled London with three effortless three-pointers.

The Worthing Bears coach, Chris Jones, and their leading American player, Shawn Swords, both left the club yesterday before they were beaten 111- 80 at Birmingham Bullets last night in the quarter-finals of the National Cup.