Towers hauled through by Windless: Basketball

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London Towers' determination not to let the Budweiser League title follow the National Cup out of their grasp was turned up full at Wembley last night, where they beat the leaders, Sheffield Sharks, 63-62 thanks to a basket from Tony Windless 11 seconds from time, writes Richard Taylor.

Deon Hanes stuttering footwork cost Sheffield the chance to save the game when he was penalised for travelling in the final second, allowing London a spectacular escape after they had trailed 51-39 in the third quarter.

The strain 12 European Cup games in the past three months partly cost Towers a National Cup semi-final defeat against London rivals the Leopards, but with a month's break from Europe, they have focused on regaining ground in the League.