Kool Kats win Scottish Cup for a seventh time

Emma Findlay (in dark blue)
Emma Findlay (in dark blue)
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Edinburgh Kool Kats not only retained the Scottish Cup for the first time, but did it in style.

They convincingly defeated Glasgow Rocks 72-62 at the Lagoon Sports Centre, Paisley to take the trophy for the seventh time.

Ahead just 38-36 at half-time, Kats gradually exerted control to open up a 59-49 gap at the end of the third quarter and once they were 67-52 up with five minutes left, they were able to coast home.

Coach Ben Gunn was delighted with the way his team had played: “It was a triumph for teamwork and everyone was up for it.”

The MVP (Most Valuable Player) Award went to under-20 centre Hannah Peacock, who had a fine “double double” of 20 points and 17 rebounds, but it could easily have been shared with British Olympian Rose Anderson, who scored 18 points, gave three assists and supplied some vital energy.

“That’s Rose’s best game since she came back,” said Gunn. “She was very controlled and gave some lovely assists to Hannah.”

“Now we must make sure we win all our remaining league games as, all being well, our very last game against the Rocks could be a league decider.”

Leanne Paige with ten points, Tracey Phillips with nine, Emma Findlay with eight and Lauren Walker with six all contributed, while Rona Corkindale was outstanding for Rocks with 19, Nadele Strain adding 12 and French student Mathilde Burnel ten.

Boroughmuir Blaze also retained the Scottish Junior Men’s Cup with a high-scoring 91-72 win over first time finalists Perth Phoenix. Tom Skinner led Blaze with 24 points, adding seven rebounds and three assists in a fine all-round display while Malcolm Winning added 19 points and Sam Stott 11 points, nine rebounds and an excellent six assists.

Perth, led by Patryk Weyer with 18 points and 17 rebounds certainly did not help their cause by missing 18 free throws and scoring only one three-pointer from 13 attempts.

But Blaze, who were 45-35 up at half-time, converted only three from 24 from beyond the bonus line.

Edinburgh Kings never really showed up in the cadet men’s final, trailing 24-9 after the first quarter and 41-20 at half-time before going down 75-46 to a bigger St Mirren who dominated the rebounds and had match-winners in Alastair Mathieson with 30 points and Colin Jackson with 26. Only Konrad Kantorski with 22 reached double figures for Kings.

Favourites Falkirk Fury defeated St Mirren 70-59 in the senir men’s final, led by Keith Bunyan and Scott Russell both with 18 points, Jonny Bunyan with 14 and Roni Gordon with 12. But Saints, who were only 35-31 down at half-time, had only themselves to blame missing all 26 three-point attempts and converting only nine from 20 free throws.