Another career-high total of 41 points by Tomas Cicenas helped Boroughmuir Blaze defeat Troon Tornadoes 89-81 at the Crags Sports Centre to finish second to Falkirk Fury in the final Scottish Basketball League table.
Troon never gave up in a game switched from their home venue in Ayr.
After Blaze had raced into a 54-39 half-time lead Tornadoes blew back to narrow the gap to six before Cicenas sealed the vital two league points from the free-throw line.
Point guard Eoghann Dover had another high-octane outing with 18 and French student Thibault Boeckler added 11.
Troon’s “reward” is to play champions Fury in the first of the last-eight play-offs at the Mariner SC tonight (8pm).
Blaze now play the seventh side Glasgow Storm at the Crags on Sunday while (3.20), disappointingly both in timing and venue, fourth-placed Edinburgh University will play fifth-placed Kings just along the road at 3.35pm, meaning Capital fans will have to choose which game to watch.
But their dilemma may be solved by the venue for the latter game which will be at the EU training court at St Leonards, which has limited spectator capacity, and not the CSE at the Pleasance.
If ever there was a case for a double-header this was it but the fourth tie between third-placed St Mirren and sixth-placed Glasgow University will be equally poorly promoted, going on Tuesday night, not at the Lagoon SC in Paisley but at St Ninian’s HS.
Kings may have the best chance of an upset win though their reward would be a semi-final clash with Fury.
But Kings will also be hoping for further success at Grangemouth tomorrow where they clash with Blaze in the junior men’s play-off final at 6.30pm.
EU women face Fury in the first round of the senior women’s play-offs at the CSE tomorrow (2.20pm).