It was an 8 game weekend in the SBC as the teams got back into league action after the Scottish Cup Finals. There was upsets, nail-biters, and late surges up the table this week as some of the best teams in Scotland met up to fight it out.
Game of the Week
City of Edinburgh 56 – 67 St Mirren West College Scotland
In an entertaining Game of the Week, Saints led for most of the game, before City of Edinburgh went on a run taking the lead, before a counter-run from St Mirren secured a comfortable victory keeping them in 2nd in the SBC. A full game recap can be found here.
SBC Men’s Recap
Boroughmuir Blaze 90 – 60 Stirling Knights
Blaze were looking to bounce back from a difficult Cup loss when they came up against Stirling Knights on Friday night. Stirling are a team who have improved of late.
From the off, it was clear that Knights were unable to play with quality at the speed Boroughmuir force the game to be played at. Quickly, a double-digit lead emerged and the game was over heading into the 4th quarter, eventually Blaze taking a 30 point victory over the visitors.
This result along with Kings loss means that Blaze are still in with a chance of winning the league over Sony Centre Fury, meanwhile Knights still sit below the mid-table pack of Glasgow Storm, Edinburgh University and Dunfermline Reign.
Glasgow University 51 – 67 Sony Centre Fury
Fresh off of the back of their Scottish Cup victory, Sony Centre Fury travelled to take on Glasgow University. In a slow start to the game, Fury took a small 12-14 lead.
However the Falkirk side really began to show what they can do in the 2nd period winning it 9-26 all but securing the victory by the half. From then on Fury tried to give some more minutes to their younger players while still seeing off Glasgow University’s comeback attempts.
Fury can now secure the league title (barring any forfeits) this weekend with a win or loss by less than 16 against Boroughmuir Blaze.
Edinburgh University 52 – 54 Glasgow Storm
It’s been tough time of late for Edinburgh University and they faced a tough game on Sunday as they welcomed Glasgow Storm. In what was a toughly contested first half, it was the home team who held a marginal advantage over Storm, 29-27.
The teams had been neck-and-neck throughout the game and this would continue in the second half as neither team managed to build up a strong lead, however it was Storm who just did enough to have the lead in the final moments and Edinburgh just couldn’t get it done to get back to winning ways.
SBC Women’s Recap
Polonia Phoenix 65 – 55 City of Edinburgh
This was the upset of the week. City of Edinburgh, fresh off of their Scottish Cup win on the Sunday, were up against the Polonia side who have impressed this season.
Phoenix were able to take advantage of an astounding first half where they were on fire from both outside and inside, amassing a 42-29 lead by half time. The Kool Kats defense improved as the game went on but they couldn’t do enough to get themselves all the way back into the game falling by 10.
The game means nothing for City of Edinburgh who have already secured the SBC Title but Polonia are now right with the pack, as it looks as though it will be a close finish from 2nd to 6th.
Edinburgh University 52 – 45 Sony Centre Fury
This was a critical match-up for both of these sides as they are 2 teams fighting for the coveted 2nd and 3rd spots in playoff seedings. Fury were the marginal favourites based on performances this season and they had a 10-15 lead after the opening period, which became 20-23 by half time.
The game continued to be extremely close all the way into the fourth where it was Edinburgh University who were able to create some distance for the first time and became the eventual victors.
Tayside Musketeers 69 – 53 Lady Rocks
In a similarly vital tie, Lady Rocks travelled to Grove Academy to play Tayside on Sunday afternoon. Muskies were looking to get back to winning ways after their Cup Final defeat, and they seemed up for the game as they established a strong advantage in the first half over the visitors and continued their strong play in the remainder of the game, scoring at will into a usually tough and athletic Lady Rocks side who will be disappointed they couldn’t mount more of a challenge.
St Andrews University 46 – 66 Boroughmuir Blaze
This was an important game for these sides as they are the 2 teams who are trying to catch up with St. Mirren and Glasgow Fever to fight for one of the final play-off spots available.
Boroughmuir have improved in recent weeks and were able to take an advantage over the struggling St Andrews side in the first half heading to the changing rooms with a 24-32 lead. Blaze increased their lead in the third quarter and set themselves on a course to see out the game comfortably.
Bristol Flyers 60 – 74 Glasgow Rocks
Rocks were on the road this weekend where they would play 2 tough games in less than 24 hours.
First up, they travelled to Bristol to take on the Flyers. Glasgow had a strong first quarter building a big lead before a poor second snatched it away.
A strong second half from Rocks was able to secure the victory eventually as they look to continue their challenge on the title. Kieron Achara starred with 18 points and 12 rebounds in the game.
Plymouth Raiders 75 – 86 Glasgow Rocks
In the second half of the back-to-back weekend, the game was almost identical to that of the night before, Rocks opened the game with an outstanding run but then had a poor second quarter allowing Plymouth back into the game before again, Rocks had the much stronger second half and managed to pull away from their opponents.
It was a real team performance with 5 players scoring 12 or more, Achara again leading the scoring with 19 to go with 7 rebounds capping off a great weekend for the Scottish side.
Caledonia Pride 71 – 77 Team Northumbria
Caledonia Pride were back on home soil this weekend in front of another packed Oriam crowd to take on Team Northumbria in their final game in the WBBL Trophy.
It was a slow start from the home side with Team Northumbria attacking with a strong inside presence. However, the tables turned in the second quarter with Pride scoring 23 points in the ten minute period.
Defence started the run and Natalie Bastian led the scoring charge. Pride continued their run in the third quarter however the reigning WBBL Play-off Champions fought back in a thriller and led with less than 20 seconds to play before a buzzer-beating putback lay-up from Sarah Thomson sent the crowd and her teammates into delirium, and the game into overtime.
Unfortunately, Pride couldn't quite hold off the inside presence of Team Northumbria in the overtime period and the game ended in favour of the visitors. Sarah Thomson finished the game with 23 and 15, team highs in both points and rebounds in what was a strong performance by the team and they now look to bounce back this weekend where they play a double header down south again Cardiff Archers and Oakland Wolves, two teams where they could grab the elusive first victory.