the campaign without a single defeat to their name, Edinburgh Kings
added the Scottish Cup to their already acquired league title by defeating
Falkirk Fury 82-73 at Meadowbank in a wholly unpredictable final.
However Danny Costello’s
men were pushed right to the brink before Australian-born guard Dan Wardrope
sparked an astonishing late revival which took them to victory.
"Even when we were
behind, I told everyone that we'd win
this game over four
quarters not just in four minutes," said the Kings coach. "But when Dan
caught fire, they just couldn't stop us any more."
Falkirk left the
Kings reeling early on with their industrious play and a 13-2 burst in
the second quarter gave the first-time finalists a cushion which peaked
at 42-28. Edinburgh closed to 50-43 at half-time but a further eleven unanswered
points from their great rivals soon after the re-start should have provided
the Fury with an unassailable lead.
hampered by a calf strain, ignited when his team trailed 73-68 with four
minutes left and fired 12 points in a row in a 14-0 run to end the game,
capped fittingly by two free throws from Kings captain Laurie Costello,
the game’s leading scorer with 28.
In the women’s final,
Polonia Phoenix denied Midlothian Saints the double with an upset 54-48
victory inspired by stand-in point guard Elise Lovell.
offensively throughout and allowed their Lothian rivals to rush out to
a 30-22 lead at half-time.
Stewart Harris' side
never relented and in the absence of starter Lynsey Campbell, Lovell kept
her side ticking even as Midlothian threatened a late fightback.
"We've played well
all season and having lost out in the league on a technicality, we felt
we wanted to come here and win," said Harris.
Saints Leanne Stupart
hit a game-high 17 while Les Jackson on 12 and Lovell with 11 paced the