It was a busy weekend of basketball as the SBC Playoff Semi-Finals took place across the country. Over 20 teams competed for a place at the Finals, which take place at Oriam on March 30th and 31st. A summary of the results from over the last few days, which see nine clubs being represented on Finals weekend, is below:
Although the Semi-Finals were not played this weekend, Sony Centre Fury and West Lothian Wolves will compete for the SBC Cup on Finals day. The former beat City of Edinburgh 39-52 whilst the latter defeated Perth Phoenix 50-33.
Inverness City will play Sony Centre Fury in the final of the SBC Cup after a 59-56 win over St Mirren. Fury progressed at the beginning of the month with a 84-49 win over City of Edinburgh.
Glasgow City will face Perth Phoenix in the Women’s Final as they overcame West Lothian Wolves and Lady Rocks respectively. City defeated Wolves 67-57 whilst Perth Phoenix recorded a slightly more comfortable 69-49 victory to progress to the final.
The Men’s Final will see West Lothian Wolves play Stirling Knights. The Wolves came out on top after an end-to-end game against St Mirren. Stirling Knights progressed with a 87-60 win over Grampian Flyers.
St Mirren will also be represented in the Women’s U18 Final after a 74-67 win over West Lothian Wolves. Their opponents will be Lady Rocks after their 62-48 victory Perth Phoenix.
The Men’s U18 Semi-Finals arguably produced the game of the weekend as Grampian Flyers came from behind to force overtime against St Mirren. The Paisley side restored their advantage however and won 72 – 65. Sony Centre Fury also progressed to the Final with a comfortable 85-45 win over Dunfermline Reign.
Lady Rocks ensured they would have two teams at the SBC Playoffs Finals as their Senior team edged out City of Edinburgh 56-53, earning them a place alongside their U18s. St Mirren’s Senior Women will be the third team from the club to feature at the Playoff Finals after they recorded a 73-64 win over Edinburgh University. This game was SBCGotW and a full report will be available soon.
The Senior Men’s Final will see Sony Centre Fury face off against City of Edinburgh. Fury defeated St Mirren 94 v 84 whilst City of Edinburgh got the better of Dunfermline Reign after some late drama in the other Semi-final, which ended 77-75.
Preparations are well under way for all teams involved in the Finals, with tickets for the weekend available to be purchased here.