Basketball: Towers under pressure

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Cup fixtures on successive nights are applying the pressure to London Towers' progress on the domestic and continental fronts, writes Richard Taylor.

The National Cup holders must play the first leg of their semi-final on 5 December, the night after they face Buducnost Podgorica, of Yugoslavia, in the crucial last home game of their European Cup first round group.

Towers, who play their eighth group game in Turkey tonight against PTT Ankara have been paired in the national cup with London rivals Leopards. Leopards have home advantage in the first leg at London Arena, with the return at Wembley on Sunday, 8 December.

In the other semi-final Sheffield Sharks are at home to Newcastle Eagles on the fifth and away on the 12th.