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Kings reign supreme again

Edinburgh Kings shook off injuries and suspensions to lift their third consecutive Scottish  League crown at Meadowbank with an 83-75 win over Falkirk Fury at Meadowbank. 

Needing victory by a 22 point margin to steal the championship on the final day of the campaign, the visitors’ hopes were nullified by some stifling defensive from the capital outfit whose coach Danny Costello praised his charges for pushing themselves through the pain barrier to become the first team since Murray International to complete the title hat-trick.

 “This year was the hardest,” he confirmed. “We have a less experienced squad. And we’ve had so many injuries. I don’t think I’ve even had a full squad to train all season. So to come through that adversity and still end up on top of the pile is really satisfying.”

Laurie Costello hit a game-high 27 points for the Kings who never trailed after taking the lead at 12-10 in the fourth minute, eventually going as much as 16 in front in the fourth period. Mark Duncan fired Falkirk’s first ten points and ended with 19.

The visitors levelled twice but fell as much as 16 behind in the final period to spark Edinburgh’s celebrations.

Costello afterwards admitted he’d duped his players to make sure they ended up on top.  

He revealed: “I didn’t tell the guys that Falkirk needed to win by 22 points to pip us to the post. They all thought we needed to win the game to take the title and that was how I wanted to finish the season.

“If we’d won by virtue of some mathematical calculation, it would have tarnished the feeling. The best way is to show you’re a worthy champion is to go out and do it on the court and I thought we were superb.”

St. Mirren had already sealed the senior women's crown, adding the junior and cadette titles for good measure.

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