Basketball: Mims may pay price for Riders' heavy fall

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The Independent Online

Billy Mims' position as Leicester Riders' coach will be on the line this morning when the British Basketball League club's board meet to discuss "a raft of issues" concerning the future of the franchise.

The 43-year-old American led the club to the National Cup and Play-off titles in 2001, but they have been in decline since, losing the final 16 championship games of last season and the first nine of the current campaign leading up to last night's 99-94 defeat to Thames Valley Tigers.

Adding fuel to speculation regarding Mims' future was last week's arrival in England of his fellow American Kevin Wall, who retired at the end of last season after leading Scottish Rocks to the Play-off title.

Other candidates are Andre Alleyne, who resigned as coach of National League Sutton Pumas last week, and the former England player Karl Brown.

In the BBL on Saturday night, Omar Sneed's 32 points led London Towers to only their third win of the season. They beat Tigers 99-86.

In the BBL Trophy group qualifiying groups, Brighton Bears won 82-55 at National League Plymouth Raiders, while Sheffield Sharks lost 93-86 at Chester Jets on Friday.