In an enthralling week of basketball we have seen upsets and overtime as well as dominant victories taking us toward the Christmas break of the 2016-17 SBC Season.
We have also seen an extension of an outstanding run by Glasgow Rocks, and further progress by Scotland’s WBBL franchise, Caledonia Pride.
Game of the Week
City of Edinburgh 70 – 67 Sony Centre Fury
In a thrilling affair, City of Edinburgh handed Fury their first defeat of the season after an impressive comeback in the first match between the two powerhouses at ‘New Porty’. For the full recap click here.
SBC Men’s Recap
St Mirren West College Scotland 90 – 68 Dunfermline Reign
The Lagoon Leisure Centre was the venue as St Mirren played host to Dunfermline Reign on Friday night. Taking place at the same time as Kings vs Fury, everything was at stake for the Paisley side.
Despite an impressive start by the young Reign side, who won the first quarter and were only down 3 at the half, the score being 38-35, eventually the superior size and experience of St Mirren took effect as they scored at will in the second half eventually taking the game by a large margin.
Boroughmuir Blaze 76 – 72 Edinburgh University
Edinburgh University made the extremely short journey to The Crags on Friday night to take on Boroughmuir Blaze, who have been struggling in recent weeks.
Blaze were again contested all the way until the end of the match as the University were unable to let the hosts build up a comfortable lead.
Down the stretch, Blaze were able to withstand the pressure from University and just escaped with a victory, but a very impressive display from Edinburgh University who will try and use this result as a building block for their final 2 games before Christmas which they are capable of winning.
Glasgow Storm 94 – 65 Stirling Knights
Stirling came into the game with a 1-6 record playing against the 4-3 Storm.
In a relatively impressive first half, Knights were definitely still in the game, trailing 52-40.
However quickly in the second half we saw the lead extending as Knights struggled to score into the intense Storm defence and the game was over with the 4th quarter being nothing more than a formality.
Tayside Muskateers 43 – 57 Glasgow University
In an intense battle between two sides towards the bottom of the league, we saw Glasgow University finally record their first victory of the season, having come so close in recent weeks.
Despite Tayside’s efforts they couldn’t put together enough of a run towards the end to bring themselves back into the game. The win moves Glasgow University into 8th, sliding Tayside to 9th and Stirling into 10th.
SBC Women’s Recap
Lady Rocks 54 – 58 Glasgow Fever
There was just 3 games in the Women’s league this week starting with this Glasgow derby on Monday night.
Both teams have been relatively inconsistent this season and it certainly continued in this match-up as Lady Rocks suffered a close defeat to Fever.
An impressive first half gave Fever a 24-36 lead heading into the locker rooms and despite a much stronger second half by the hosts, they had left themselves with too much points to make up and just fell short in the final few minutes.
Lady Rocks 76 – 33 St Andrews University
The struggling St Andrews side made the trip to Glasgow on Friday night to take on Lady Rocks hoping to improve on recent poor matches, partially attributed to injuries to players.
However they were not able to challenge Lady Rocks, who were dominant from the beginning.
St Andrews scoring woes continued as they have now averaged less than 30 points per game over their last 3 matches.
City of Edinburgh 66 – 58 Sony Centre Fury
Fury travelled to the capital looking to end the City of Edinburgh undefeated run. In a back and forth first quarter, Kool Kats held a small lead 16-13.
An impressive second quarter from Fury gave them a 26-34 lead at half-time, and many now would’ve thought that Fury were going to end the City of Edinburgh undefeated start to the season.
However the game was far from over as City of Edinburgh came flying out of the interval scoring at will while Fury found themselves completely unable to score, and by the end of the quarter the scoreline had completely reversed as City of Edinburgh now had an 8 point lead heading into the 4th.
Fury were not going to give up as they really dug in defensively, holding Kool Kats to just 5 points in the final period. A late Fury flurry in the final moments had brought them within 2, and despite missing the first attempt to tie the game, an offensive rebound and put back sent the game to overtime.
Despite this comeback, Fury began to lose energy and played poorly in the overtime period and were eventually forced to foul which extended the City of Edinburgh lead and the Falkirk side couldn’t spark another comeback.
Cheshire Phoenix 67 – 88 Glasgow Rocks
The Glasgow Rocks made the long journey down to Cheshire to play Phoenix on Sunday night in the league in the BBL Championship.
Glasgow done a good job of controlling the tempo of the game and were able to extend their lead each quarter as a result and towards the end the result wasn’t in doubt.
The win is the 10th straight in all competitions for the Rocks and a record 8 straight in the BBL Championship capping off an unbelievable start to the 2016-2017 Campaign.
Barking Abbey Crusaders 61 – 46 Caledonia Pride
Caledonia Pride had a London-based double-header this weekend as they travelled to play Barking Abbey Crusaders on Saturday before playing Sevenoaks Suns on Sunday.
Despite trailing for all of the game, we saw impressive defence from the Scottish side which allowed them to create some fast break opportunities, and enabled Pride to keep on making challenges to the Barking Abbey lead, but ultimately just couldn’t bring the game close enough and in the end fell by 15.
Despite the result, it was a very impressive game from Caledonia against a mid-table WBBL side.
Sevenoaks Suns 81 – 55 Caledonia Pride
Next up on this road trip was Sevenoaks Suns. Pride have started strong in the majority of their games this season and this game was no different as they found themselves down 6 after one quarter but an extremely strong 2nd quarter in which they scored 22 points meant they only trailed by a single point heading to the locker rooms at half-time.
Eventually Pride’s scoring dried up as they could only score 21 in the second half which was not enough to keep them anywhere near the scoring pace of Suns who ran away with the game although the score line was not an accurate display of the game.
The team now turn their attention to their first home game at Oriam on December 10th.
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