For this week’s Game of the Week, we are travelling to Dunfermline to watch Dunfermline Reign play host to City of Edinburgh Kings.
The visitors, City of Edinburgh currently sit in joint 4th place in the SBC league table with a 5-3 record. After a couple of defeats early in the season, Kings have begun to figure it out, winning their last three league games in a row as well as knocking 1st place St. Mirren out of the Scottish Cup. Kyle Jimenez has been one of the key factors in the team’s recent performances, averaging 17.1 points and 4 assists per game in the league so far. Always a force in recent seasons, Ali Mckay has also continued his strong run of form, averaging 13.2 points to go along with 12.2 rebounds per game so far in the SBC. Kings will be hoping that their winning momentum can carry over into Saturday’s game.
Kings Captain, Paddy Campbell had the following to say ahead of the weekend’s fixture;
“We’ve started to hit a bit of good form in recent weeks though, we’ve won our last four games on the bounce by putting in some really strong performances. Having our full squad for those games has made a real difference. Reign have been scoring well this season so our defence will need to be at its very best to contain their fast paced style of play. We know how important a game this is for us as a win will bring us level with them in the league table in the chase for the top two.”
One of the surprise teams of this season and the home team this week, Dunfermline Reign have been very impressive so far in the SBC. Reign are currently sitting in 3rd place in the league with 6-2 record, most recently defeating Stirling Knights in a 91-77 victory. This Reign team have been one of the better scoring teams in the league with, Euan Pennie leading the way for his team with averages in scoring of 22.5 points per game including a 51-point outburst against Edinburgh University. To go along with this, Eric Potts, Craig Ferguson and Jake Sirrell are all also averaging double-digit points for the season.
Reign Captain, Kieran Lynch had the following to say in the run up his team’s matchup with Kings;
“In our last game we beat Kings on their own floor, but this time it will be a harder task as they’ve had a strong run of form in recent games. The performances of our younger players in recent games have allowed us to be, I believe, one of the better sides this season. As long as we play to our strengths and play as a team, we believe we can take on any team in this league.”
A strong performance by Reign saw them take the 76-66 win in both teams last matchup at the beginning of the season. Considering both team’s performances in recent games, this is in line to be a great game!
Dunfermline Reign will host City of Edinburgh Kings at 2.15pm on Saturday 18th of November at St. Columbus High School.
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