There was certainly no holding back by Edinburgh Kings as they demolished their Scottish basketball cup final opponents Glasgow University 98-54 on their rivals’ home court at the Stevenson Building.
Unlike their first Scottish League encounter at Portobello last November, Kings took command right from the start, taking the first quarter 18-11 and the second 29-17 for a decisive 47-28 half-time lead.
The two clash in the final at the Lagoon Centre, Paisley, on Saturday night.
Kings coach Doug Reilly, however, is taking nothing for granted: “We got going right away this time but I’m sure they’ll regroup and come at us hard in Paisley.”
Top scorer was Ed Rekis with 25 points, Paddy Campbell adding 22, Simon Flockhart 19 and Lee Reilly 17. “I think the pressure we put on their guards was key, the ball movement was good and I managed to get some shots to drop,” said Campbell, who had a nightmare with his shooting in the BBL Trophy against the Glasgow Rocks earlier this month.
Boroughmuir Blaze did not quite bring the roof down at Glasgow Storm’s home venue at the Northern College but an unfortunate last warm-up dunk by Lithuanian Tomas Cicenas dislodged one of the rings and badly damaged the backboard.
The game could not go on and will have to be replayed at another time: “It was very disappointing after travelling all the way there,” said Blaze assistant player-coach Chopper Pettett.
Falkirk Fury’s game against St Mirren at Paisley was also off because there was so much snow around Falkirk on Friday night that the team could not get out.
Edinburgh Kool Kats could not quite gain the morale-boosting win the City men did, losing 75-71 after overtime to last season’s cup and league champions Glasgow Rocks.
Kats, for whom Hannah Peacock had 15 points, trailed for most of the game but pulled back to level in the fourth quarter which finished 67-67.
Rocks, though, prevailed in the extra five minutes to go joint top with Kats and Polonia Phoenix who let slip the chance to go clear at the top when they lost 64-58 at home to St Mirren at the Crags.
Pentland Star were also out of luck in the senior women’s league going down 64-54 to Kats’ cup final opponents Tayside Musketeers.