Sporting Digest: Basketball

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The Independent Online
Budweiser League champions Greater London Leopards face unbeaten Sheffield Sharks at the London Arena tonight without their key American and captain, Robert Youngblood, who has chipped a bone and torn ligaments in an ankle and could be out for over two weeks. The London coach, Billy Mims, described the loss of Youngblood, who averages 20 points a game, as "devastating".

Tony Holley, captain of the Budweiser League team Thames Valley Tigers, has been awarded the Player of the Month trophy for September after scoring an average of 16.3 rebounds and 21 points per game. Tigers' coach, Paul James, believes that his New York-born skipper has collected the award for his level-headedness and determination. Kevin Cadle, the Exide London Towers coach, was also celebrating yesterday after being named Coach of the Month.