Towers turn tormentors

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London Towers pulled their European Cup campaign back on course last night, as the American Danny Lewis and the England international Karl Brown hustled the Hungarian club Marc Kormend to a 74-59 defeat in their fifth game in the preliminary round group at Wembley Court, writes Richard Taylor.

The top four qualify from the six-team group, but after losing three of their first four games, the Budweiser League champions had left little margin for error. Lewis and Brown atoned for their headstrong performances in London's last home game, a defeat by Ankara of Turkey, and tormented the Hungarian guards by forcing a string of turnovers.

Lewis scored 22, Brown 16 and Paul Deppisch's 13 included three long- range three-pointers as he capitalised on the space created around the perimeter of Kormend's defence. Jozsef Szajer was handed the thankless task of trying to shackle Lewis, but fouled out 14 minutes from time.

The home side led 37-26 at half-time, then made the game safe with two impressive and irresistible surges after the interval, and Kormend were stunned by nine consecutive points from London.

Towers open the second half of their campaign at home to the group favourites, Verona of Italy, on 6 November.