Basketball: Kool Kats seal place in semi-finals

Assists: Rose Anderson. Picture: Jane Barlow
Assists: Rose Anderson. Picture: Jane Barlow
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Holders Edinburgh Kool Kats are through to the semi-finals of the Scottish Women’s Basketball Cup after a comfortable 73-33 win over Glasgow University at the Emirates Arena yesterday.

Scotland and GB junior cap Sarah O’Brien returned for her first game since major knee surgery to top-score with 14 points, strongly supported by Lauren Walker with 11, Leanne Paige with ten and Kirsten Simpson and Hannah Peacock both with nine.

GB cap Rose Anderson was content to make defensive stops and fire a series of fine assists, though she did notch eight in a quick-fire spell.

Edinburgh Kings, coached by assistant Craig Nicol in the absence of Doug Reilly who was in Germany watching his son Lee play for Gotha Rockets, defeated Troon Tornadoes 67-48 at Belmont Academy, Ayr.

With the juniors winning narrowly 73-69 and the cadets also successful 79-60, it was a notable treble for the Capital club. Boroughmuir Blaze enjoyed excellent wins in both junior (69-54) and cadet (81-51) leagues over Perth Phoenix at the Crags Sports Centre on Saturday.

Tom Skinner, who had missed their midweek junior win over Kings through illness, led with 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists as the juniors took the third quarter 22-8 to snuff out the Phoenix.

But Blaze seniors could not quite make it a treble, going down 63-60 to Glasgow University in a fast and furious league game.

Tom Cicenas led the home scoring with 18, Eoghann Dover added 11 and Malcolm Winning and Yannick Onifade nine each, but perhaps the most telling contribution came from Laurie Costello who was back in the starting five at point guard after missing several games through work commitments.

He hit two free throws with four seconds left to tie the game 60-60, only for Doug MacDonald to seal the win for the visitors from the line.