City of Edinburgh Kings produced a remarkable comeback to win at Glasgow University, while women’s champions Edinburgh Kool Kats celebrated their latest league title with victory over Falkirk.
Kings had won 12 of their previous 13 matches, lifting the Scottish Cup in the process, but they appeared certain to suffer a costly league defeat when they trailed the Glasgow students by seven points with only ten seconds remaining.
Neil Rowan’s three-pointer and two free throws set up a grandstand finish before Ali Mackay equalised on the buzzer. Kings went on to win 89-86 in overtime to remain third in the table with a game in hand on second-placed Boroughmuir Blaze.
Blaze themselves responded positively to the double disappointment of losing the cup final and then missing out on the league title when they defeated deposed champions Falkirk Fury 94-83 at The Crags Centre. Guard John Browne led the way with 25 points as Blaze built an early lead which Fury never looked likely to overcome.
Last-placed Pleasance Basketball Club were predictably thrashed 130-69 at home by newly-crowned league champions St Mirren, while second-bottom Edinburgh University went down 85-77 to fifth-placed Dunfermline Reign.
Edinburgh Kats had retained their women’s title the previous weekend despite losing to Edinburgh University, but they returned to winning ways – posting their 12th victory in 14 league games – by edging out Falkirk Fury 72-53 at Portobello High School.
Edinburgh University’s three-and-a-half month unbeaten run shows no sign of ending as the Scottish Cup winners easily beat Tayside Musketeers 66-33 on Sunday. It was another miserable weekend, however, for Polonia Phoenix, whose winless start to 2018 continued as they crashed 81-44 to second-placed Lady Rocks in Cumbernauld.
Caledonia Pride had no game due to an international break, but the Capital’s pro side are back on court this Saturday lunchtime when they host unbeaten WBBL leaders Sevenoaks Suns at Oriam.