Nicole’s 20 helps Kool Kats into last four

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Edinburgh Kool Kats beat home team Tayside Musketeers 57-49 in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup helped by 23 points from their Australian centre Nicole McMahon.

They play the holders Edinburgh University next month for a place in the final in February after EU were given a default by South Lanarkshire Colliers who could not raise a team for yesterday’s quarter-final at the Pleasance. With Edinburgh University men cruising into the semis with a 78-53 away win over Stirling Knights, there will be three Capital teams bidding for places in the Scottish Cup finals.

Kats, with Scottish international guard Leanne Page (10pts) back in the side after a knee injury for the first time this season, turned the tables on Tayside who had beaten them in Broughty Ferry at the start of the league campaign.

Ex skipper Ben Warrington had his best display of the season, scoring 21 points for EU men at Stirling, where they led 20-12 after the first quarter and 41-28 at half-time. Jac St John added 16, Chris Evans 12, Brendan Mullan nine and Neil Rowan eight.

Glasgow University beat holders Falkirk Fury 66-42 and, at the Lagoon Centre, Paisley St Mirren beat Boroughmuir Blaze 81-72.

Former Dunfermline and Edinburgh Kings junior Calum Nicol scored 13 in a row in a 17-point total for GU, who led 38-24 at half-time and were then astonished to see the visiting coach John Bunyan take all his starters off in an apparent protest at some refereeing decisions.

“We were very poor,” admitted Bunyan.

St Mirren beat Blaze by curbing their main threats Eoghann Dover and John Browne to four points each, though Tomas Cicenas still registered 17 and Matt Kruczynski and Sam Stott 14 each.

Nick Collins scored 24 for Saints and Dave Johnston 14.