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As the 2022/23 season draws to a close, basketballscotland extends its congratulations to all the clubs across the country for yet another outstanding and successful season.
In the senior leagues, it was a very successful season for two Edinburgh-based sides: Boroughmuir Blaze and the University of Edinburgh. Both teams left their mark in their respective leagues by completing the treble in the Senior Division 1, both on the men’s and women’s sides. Both teams won their league, the Scottish Cup, and the playoffs. Blaze had an 18-2 record in the league and defeated West Lothian Wolves to bring the Cup to the Crags Centre. Edinburgh Uni went unbeaten in the league with an 11-0 record and emerged victorious over St. Andrews in an all-university final to claim the Cup.
In U18 Division 1, a similar pattern of dominance emerged with West Lothian Wolves achieving the league and Cup on the men’s side. Their unbeaten streak of 11-0 propelled them to the top of the league, and their performance against Glasgow Rens secured victory in the Scottish Cup Final. It was Sony Centre Fury who took the Playoff title back to Falkirk. Meanwhile, on the women’s side, the Caledonia Gladiators displayed the same level of dominance by achieving two accolades this season. With 6 wins and no losses, they won their league and brought the Scottish Cup home to Cumbernauld after defeating basketballpaisley in the final.
In U16 Division 1, success continued for the West Lothian Wolves, but this time for their women’s team. After a tough battle against Sony Centre Fury to win the Scottish Cup, accompanied by their 10-0 league streak, they established themselves as the top team in the division. The results were mixed on the men’s side, with Sony Centre Fury winning the league with a 6-1 record. However, it was Stirling Knights who claimed the Cup and Playoffs.
The 2022/23 season marked the return of the Chair’s Cup, where City of Edinburgh women and Glasgow Fever men emerged victorious in the finals, bringing silverware to both sides of the Central Belt.
Additional congratulations are in order for the teams from Division 2 who won their leagues: Glasgow Devils (SM), Edinburgh Lions (SW), Dundee Madsons (U18M), City of Edinburgh (U18W), Inverness Lions (U16M), and Highland Bears (U16W). These squads have showcased their determination, skill, and dedication all season, proving themselves to be true forces in their respective leagues.
Finally, congratulations to Inverness Lions (U18W) who took home the league champions title for Division 3.
As this season comes to an end, we would like to thank all the players, teams, officials, volunteers, and fans across the SBC leagues who have made this season truly remarkable. Your season will be inspiring people all over the country to pick up a ball and get involved in basketball.
We look forward to seeing you next season!