Basketball: Kool Kats set up title decider

Emma Findlay scored 18 points
Emma Findlay scored 18 points
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Edinburgh Kool Kats will meet Glasgow Rocks at Portobello High School on Saturday to decide the destination of the Scottish Women’s League title after both teams won yesterday.

Kats beat Polonia Phoenix 71-32 at the Crags Sports Centre after the hosts took the first quarter 13-9 and were 25-16 up with nearly seven minutes of the half remaining.

Phoenix then failed to score for nearly 16 minutes and Kats went on a 49-2 run, which included a 28-2 third quarter.

Before that, Kats appeared to be struggling, but at half-time coach Ben Gunn urged them to step up the tempo and their full court pressure was too strong.

Emma Findlay and Hannah Peacock scored 18 points each, Leanne Page added 12, while Hilary Wood with 15 led a demoralised Polonia, who did manage to upset Kats in the junior women’s game 41-39.

Edinburgh Kings made a spirited start against champions Falkirk Fury and led for the entire first half at the Mariner Centre, where Fury were presented with the men’s league trophy before the game started.

Kings’ Gareth Lodge was having one of his best games of the season, driving well to the basket and put away eight from ten free throws in an overall tally of 15 to top-score.

However, all that came to an end when he appeared to run into the upraised forearm of Fury centre Roni Gordon and slumped to the floor before being helped off. Simon Flockhart with 14 points and 16 rebounds was next best for Kings, who intend to present video evidence of why they believe the Lodge incident should have incurred a disqualification. Kings ended up losing the match 35-27.

Meanwhile, Boroughmuir Blaze remain fourth despite losing 79-72 at Glasgow Rocks.