Great Britain basketball internationalist Rose Anderson returned after a three-month playing break to help Edinburgh Kool Kats beat Polonia Phoenix 72-30 in the Scottish League at the Crags Sports Centre, Edinburgh.
“Apart from a short practice last Tuesday I haven’t played since the Europeans in France last June,” commented the 25-year-old swing guard who has amassed more than 50 caps since she first played for GB in the build-up for last year’s Olympics.
Though far from fully fit, Anderson scored 12 points yesterday and inspired her side to their biggest win over their city rivals for many years. The powerful left-hander’s direct effect on the game was fairly low-key though it was standing room only at the former South Side Sports Centre now owned by Boroughmuir Blaze, but she oozed class and confidence whenever she approached the opposing basket. It was possibly her effect on her clubmates which was the most significant as all 12 on the Kats bench scored including four juniors who looked the part.
Lauren Walker, another wanderer returning from foreign shores – she spent eight years working and playing in the Netherlands – led the Kats with 14 points, Tracey Phillips added 12 points and Hannah Peacock and Kirsten Simpson grabbed eight each.
Polonia, who did not score for the first five minutes 42 seconds of the game and whose overall shooting stats were an abysmal 20 per cent, were like rabbits in the headlights, the one exception being Cathy Mitchell with 14 points.
Meanwhile, Boroughmuir Blaze gave a bright display in beating Troon Tornadoes 80-68 on Saturday led by Malcolm Winning with 16 points, Yannick Onifade with 14, John Browne 13 and Eoghann Dover with 11.
After the scores were tied 38-38 at half-time, Blaze surged strongly in the second half to maintain their unbeaten record despite losing their captain Rob Jansson to a calf strain in his first game since returning from a previous injury lay-off.
Edinburgh Kings travelled to Maryhill to beat Glasgow Storm 67-50 at the North College where they were led by Audrius Ciapas with 15 points and Simon Flockhart and Craig Reilly both with 12.
Junior point guard Findlay Wood made his senior debut and scored five while there was a sparkling 52 points for Kyle Jimenez in Kings’ 98-81 away cadet win over Glasgow City.