After Edinburgh Kings men shockingly lost all three games to St Mirren in Paisley on Saturday, Edinburgh Kool Kats have given themselves a superb chance of capturing a senior and junior women’s Scottish Basketball League title double after two victories over closest rivals Glasgow Rocks in Cumbernauld yesterday.
Kats seniors beat the “Lady Rocks” 64-56 at St Maurice’s High, Rocks’ first defeat of the season and a win Kats were well worth, according to home coach Colin Haldane: “Kats deserved it – we didn’t play well.”
Kats coach Ben Gunn commented: “After a slow start we played controlled, offensive basketball.”
It was centre Hannah Peacock who again led the scoring with 20 points with experienced Scotland guard Emma Findlay adding 11. Rose Anderson scored eight. After tying the first quarter 15-15 Kats sprinted to a 33-25 half-time lead and were 50-35 up after the third with only Rona Corkindale with 24 in double figures for the Rocks.
Despite having two losses, Kats are now top of the table as they have played two games more and will have home advantage when they play Rocks in a probable decider on March 8. But before then they meet in the Scottish Cup final on February 2 at Paisley.
Unbeaten Kats junior women had two wins over the weekend, beating Tayside 55-43 in Arbroath and Rocks 51-35 away yesterday and are seven points clear at the top of the table with a 10-0 record. Last season’s champions Polonia Phoenix, meanwhile, are today celebrating their first win of the season – a 44-43 success over Tayside Musketeers at the Crags.
Kings seniors went down 76-68 to Saints at the Lagoon Centre, their third defeat at the hands of coach Stuart Glass’s side this season, and it looks as if the best they can now hope for is third in the league.
Yet after leading 35-32 at half-time and 52-46 ahead after the third the Capital side seemed on course to turn the tables until a late blitz from Saints who pressed at the end of the third and took the fourth 30-16. Kings juniors lost 64-58 to Saints and the cadets 83-60.
Boroughmuir Blaze seniors edged Glasgow Storm 69-66 away and their juniors and cadets had home wins over Glasgow Rens (77-51) and Glasgow City (96-86).