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Kings double up as Polonia rise to Cup challenge


Completing 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.

However Wardrope, 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.

Saints struggled 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 victors.

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