Kings pray for Saints win to keep title dream alive

Simon Flockhart
Simon Flockhart
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Edinburgh Kings will be putting up a wee prayer to the Saints this weekend – to keep their Scottish League title hopes alive.

The Saints are, of course, St Mirren who could do themselves and Kings a massive favour if they were to beat Fury at the Lagoon Sports Centre in Paisley tonight (8.15pm) for if the Falkirk side win – and they must start as favourites – then they will be two wins clear of St Mirren and three clear of Kings, who have still to play them again.

“A St Mirren win would certainly make it interesting going into the New Year,” said Kings Scottish international centre Simon Flockhart.

“We would still have a lot to do being three games behind and would have to beat both Fury and Saints in the return games and rely on another result – but stranger things have happened.”

Flockhart’s father-in-law, Fury coach John Bunyan, is aware of the danger Saints pose on their home court tonight: “St Mirren continue to look strong and it’s certainly going to be interesting,” he said.

Kings, meanwhile, have to take care of business away to Glasgow University tomorrow after the students, currently fourth in the table, took them to one point in their first encounter at Portobello.

The City men hope to have Audrius Ciapas and Shawn Swartz back after both missed their latest win over Stirling Knights.

City’s Lothian League side, meanwhile, have a Scottish Chairman’s Cup-tie tomorrow away to Boroughmuir Blaze Masters at the Crags (4.15pm).

Blaze are away to Stirling tonight in the Scottish League at the Peak Centre (8pm), while their juniors, still unbeaten, and cadets, go to Inverness tomorrow to play Highland Bears at Millburn Academy.

Kings juniors, still without the injured Finlay Wood, and cadets are away to Perth Phoenix at Perth Academy tomorrow, while Edinburgh Kool Kats travel to Paisley for another Saintly encounter for both senior (11.20am) and 
junior women.

Finnie faces tough task

Former Kats coach Donna Finnie faces possibly the toughest task yet of her burgeoning career as head women’s coach at Houston Baptist College when they travel to play the mighty Baylor at Waco, Texas on Sunday.

Despite now being without the amazing 6ft 8in Brittney Griner, who has been drafted by the Phoenix Mercury into the Women’s NBA, Baylor have only lost three times since the 2011 NCAA finals, and the third loss earlier this week will go down as one of the greatest college games ever played.

Before a crowd of more than 12,000, and after an incredible four periods of overtime, Kentucky beat Baylor 133-130, the highest ever women’s NCAA score by 11 points.

Tied 44-44 at half-time and 90-90 at full-time, the next three extra periods were shared 14-14, 10-10 and 10-10 between the two sides before Kentucky shaded the last 9-6.