Basketball: Capers leads the way in Guildford comeback

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Capers spent the past two seasons in the second-tier National League, averaging 24 points per game for Solent Stars last season and 28 points for Sutton Pumas in the previous campaign.

He top-scored last night with 19 points for Guildford, the club born out of the defunct Thames Valley Tigers franchise when the millionaire owner John Nike withdrew his funding in the summer. Brian Dux backed Capers with 15 points, while Niki Arinze led Towers' scorers with 18.

Newcastle Eagles hammered Milton Keynes Lions 94-64 in another BBL fixture last night, inspired by 29 points and 12 rebounds from the England international Andrew Sullivan.

In the BBL Cup, Scottish Rocks beat Birmingham Bullets 86-75 and will play Sheffield Sharks in the quarter-finals.

Leicester Riders' band of veterans claimed their second major scalp of the season on Saturday night with an 82-69 BBL win over Brighton Bears at De Montfort University, following last weekend's victory over the defending champions, Chester Jets.

The Riders overcame an early deficit to build a 47-26 half-time lead after the Bears were held to just eight points in the second quarter by an outstanding defensive display. Joel Burns led Riders' scorers with 19 points, supported by 14 from his back-court partner Ryan Huntley and 14 from Tony Holley. Steve Parillon top-scored for Brighton with 17.