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Glasgow take Scottish Cup double






Mark Woods

The Scottish Cups well and truly belonged to Glasgow in 2000 after the city’s two senior basketball sides captured double silverware at the Kelvin Hall. And it was the hometown men who won out in their showdown with Edinburgh Kings, leading virtually from start to finish to pull off a 74-70 victory. 

It was an impressive display from Jim McKechnie’s side whose passing and team play ably countered the youthful exuberance of a capital squad whose best days are surely yet to come. After they conceded 10 unanswered points to trail 22-13 in the opening stages, one feared Kings were freezing on the big occasion. 

Not in the slightest in fact and inspired by their young guard tandem of Scott Tucker and Laurie Costello, they soon rallied back to level the contest before Glasgow notched the final six points of the first half for a 35-29 cushion at the interval.

Sparked by Alan Kiddie, the game’s top scorer with 26 points, Glasgow extended their advantage to 16 points but nearly threw it away by allowing Edinburgh to compile a 17-2 burst which brought them within two points before their momentum ran out.

In the women’s final, Glasgow retained the Cup by overcoming Midlothian Saints for the second successive year. The victors, who were led by Yugoslav Slavica Zelenovic’s 25 points, trailed 49-47 with 45 seconds left before Irish international Geraldine Innes deflected a pass into the Saints basket to level the tie setting up Kirsty Semple to hit the winning free throw with 16 seconds left to secure a dramatic 50-49 win.
 

Troon, Kool Kats do doubles

There was a double helping of success too for Tom Campbell's underage programme in Troon as the Ayrshire club lifted both the Junior and Under 21 men's Cups. In the junior final against Falkirk, Troon were tied at 59-59 after regulation but sparked by their excellent tandem of Tom Pearson and Neil Cameron, they outscored their opponents 20-4 in overtime to win 69-63. The same duo were also on hand in the Under 21 decider where Troon again denied Falkirk the prize thanks to a 64-53 result.

In the lower age women's finals, City of Edinburgh Kool Kats tasted triumph twice, edging St. Mirren 63-61 in the Cadette final before overcoming Denny Devils 64-40 in the Junior showdown. Arbroath Musketeers were Cadet men's winners after slipping by Aberdeen 73-70.


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