Deppisch provides power for Towers

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Paul Deppisch, the one bonus the Bosman Ruling brought to London Towers this season, managed 16 three-pointers in a double-win weekend as the Budweiser League champions began the defence of their title.

Deppisch, a 6ft 7in 25-year-old born in Massachusetts, scored six three- pointers in Saturday's 81-54 win at Worthing Bears and another 10 last night as the Towers whipped Derby Storm 101-84.

Towers lost Steve Bucknall and Martin Henlan to Greek clubs in the summer and Andy Gardiner to Belgium. Deppisch, a free agent under the Bosman ruling because his father is German, played the last three seasons in Germany and wrecked Derby's weekend after they opened with an 86-74 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday. Derby led London 35-24 but Deppisch scored seven threes in the second period, including three in a row.

London, caught between being allowed five Americans in the league but only two for international competition, have de-registered Tony Windless from their line-up for the European Cup campaign beginning against Verona in Italy on Wednesday. New American Joe Hooks will partner Danny Lewis in Europe and London add another American, Jeffrey Clifton, to their domestic line-up this week.

The Towers' London rivals, the Leopards, won 82-80 in overtime at Birmingham Bullets in the first live satellite broadcast game of the season. Eric Burks scored Leopards' winner with six seconds to play.

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