SBC Scottish Cup Finals: U16 Preview
With seven games taking place at the 2020 SBC Scottish Cup Finals across the weekend, the first of this week’s previews looks at St Mirren v Grampian Flyers and Sony Centre Fury v City of Edinburgh in the Men’s and Women’s U16 Scottish Cup Finals respectively.
U16 Men’s Final
The first game of the weekend sees St Mirren face Grampian Flyers in the U16 Men’s Final on Saturday morning.
Grampian Flyers began their Cup campaign with a 80-59 win away to City of Edinburgh, before St Mirren joined the competition in the Quarter-Finals. Both teams picked up big wins in their last eight fixture, with St Mirren beating Glasgow Rocks 101-46 and Flyers triumphing 92-55 v Glasgow Rens. The two sides now meet after defeating Stirling Knights and Boroughmuir Blaze in their respective Semi-Finals.
In the League, the two teams sit in first and second in the table, both with 24 points. Flyers currently top the table however St Mirren have two games in hand and the better record (10-2).
The two teams played a nail-biting game at Lagoon earlier in the season, with the home side claiming an 81-80 victory back in September. The home advantage made all the difference in the second meeting too, as Flyers made up for the earlier defeat with an 86-65 victory in December.
U16 Women’s Final
Sony Centre Fury face off against City of Edinburgh of Sunday morning as the U16 Women’s Final kickstarts the second day of action at Lagoon.
City of Edinburgh came out on top in their Semi-Final v Lady Rocks, 53-48, to book their place in the Final. Before that, a 96-37 win over Highland Bears followed an opening round victory v Panthers. Sony Centre Fury only played two fixtures on route to the Final, a 67-47 win away to Perth and a 64-52 win away to West Lothian Wolves.
City of Edinburgh currently top the SBC U16 Women’s Division with a near perfect record of 13-1, their sole loss coming at home to Highland Bears. Sony centre Fury are one place behind Kats in second, one point above third place Lady Rocks who have a few games in hand.
The two sides have met twice previously this season, with City of Edinburgh taking the win on both occasions. The first game saw Kats claim a 64-33 win at Portobello back in October, with January’s game in Grangemouth also producing a win for Edinburgh, 55-46.