Basketball: Kings and Uni fall short in semis

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Holders Falkirk Fury will meet St Mirren in the Scottish Cup final at the Lagoon Sports Centre, Paisley on January 31, 2015, and women’s holders Edinburgh Kool Kats will meet cup rookies Edinburgh University the following day in an all-Capital final.

Fury were given a harder than expected fight in their home semi-final against Edinburgh Kings at the Mariner Sports Centre before winning 81-74 on Saturday.

Fury point guard Jonny Bunyan travelled back from a late show for the Rocks in their BBL Cup semi-final first leg at Bristol the night before to score 24 points, Greg Foussas adding 17, Keith Bunyan 14 and Walter Lubeigt 13.

Fury, 8-0 up at the start, led 40-34 at half-time but Kings, who were without Lee Reilly (calf injury) and for whom Craig Reilly scored 20, Simon Flockhart 14 and Paddy Campbell 13, reduced the gap to just one point in the third.

“We just couldn’t get our heads in front to change the momentum,” said Kings coach Doug Reilly.

Edinburgh University, paced by no fewer than 12 three-pointers, seven from Canadian Chris Evans, were 74-64 up on St Mirren at the Crags Sports Centre in the other semi at the end of the third quarter but then dried up drastically and Saints went on to win 100-88.

From then on Nick Collins proved nearly unstoppable for Saints, and ended up with 31 points, Chris Cleary adding 24, Colin Railley 17 and Fraser Glass 16.

“We like this court – it’s the lighting,” said Saints’ coach Stuart Glass, whose team had scored another century there in beating Boroughmuir Blaze in the quarter-final last month.

Edinburgh, who had given up home court advantage because of exams in the university games hall, might well have pointed to a lack of training in the previous week due to the same exams.

But they could also claim to have been unlucky with some refereeing calls in the second half which meant their key defender, captain Ben Warrington, picking up four fouls and being benched and three-point shooter Andreas Pantziaros fouling out.

“Ben is crucial to our defence,” said a disappointed coach Danny Costello.

Edinburgh Kool Kats meanwhile beat Glasgow Rocks 61-50 at St Maurice’s High, Cumbernauld yesterday to qualify to meet Edinburgh University in the final, probably on February 1 at the Lagoon SC.