Kings must look to Scottish Cup now for redemption

Roni Gordon. 'Picture: Robert Perry
Roni Gordon. 'Picture: Robert Perry
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It was a dismal weekend for Capital basketball clubs.

Edinburgh Kings and Boroughmuir Blaze both lost in the Scottish League at home on Saturday, Kings to unbeaten Falkirk Fury 77-61 and Blaze to Glasgow Rocks 80-62, while Edinburgh Kool Kats, with only six players and without GB Olympian Rose Anderson, lost 55-53 to Tayside Musketeers in Arbroath last night.

In the Scottish Chairman’s Cup, Pleasance Pantheons crashed out to Granite City Grizzlies 90-60 in Aberdeen.

Kings’ loss leaves them three defeats behind champions Fury and with only St Mirren of the other clubs likely to have a chance of beating the Falkirk side in their return game at the Lagoon Centre, Kings will need to look to the Scottish Cup for redemption.

Kings coach Doug Reilly was not too down-hearted though, saying: “There was a point in the third quarter when we were still in it and really they just had that little bit more experience.”

But, with their twin towers Roni Gordon and Stu MacKay both in the side, Fury also had more height and took the rebounds 35-24.

Jonny Bunyan played patiently for the visitors for 22 points to be easily the game’s top scorer and he was well supported by the Edinburgh University student Greg Foussas with 15 and Scott Russell and Roni Gordon both with 11.

Home guard Craig Reilly with 14 points showed up well under pressure for the Kings with Simon Flockhart on 12. Paddy Campbell had a bright spell in the second half for 10.

But just when it seemed Kings might brighten up an overlong struggle which had 55 fouls and lasted just five minutes short of two hours, they committed a couple of turnovers and the impetus was gone. They also missed 14 free throws though Fury were only two better.

Falkirk completed a triumphant triple at Portobello with wins in the cadet game 62-58 and junior 67-48. Blaze juniors at least managed an 84-60 away win over Tayside Musketeers in Arbroath, though their cadets lost 64-52.