The Basketball Scottish Cup culminated in the Glasgow University boys taking on the City of Edinburgh Kings in an intense and heated match. Glasgow University made the short journey to Paisley with buses full of supporters following to cheer the black and yellows to victory. However, despite a strong start from Glasgow, it was the Kings who managed to ensure a cup final win ending the game on 81 points to 62.
The game launched with both sides fighting desperately to take the lead first. It was Glasgow captain Calum Nicol who took drew first blood scoring two points. From then he dominated the beginning of the quarter taking another six points in the next few minutes. But Edinburgh were pushing their offence through the Glasgow defence and gaining baskets keeping the quarter close. However, Glasgow remained the stronger side. The Kings, despite playing hard, were unable to push themselves into the lead with the first quarter ending on 21-17 to Glasgow.
However, the next quarter saw the Kings beginning to dominate more as they continually broke through the Glasgow defence. Although the beginning of the quarter saw Glasgow stretching their lead up to eight points, Edinburgh quickly came back taking advantage of the weakening opposition’s defence. Glasgow began to lose their cool fouling the Kings’ players, allowing them to extend their lead further with free throws. Despite the screams of support from the side and some ferocious banner waving, Glasgow were unable to keep up with the Edinburgh new found energy and skill leaving the second quarter at 42-30 to the Kings.
After half time, Edinburgh continued their winning streak, powering down the Glasgow defence to score a series of baskets taking them further in the lead. Despite Glasgow’s best efforts they were unable to prevent the Kings players breaking through their defence. The third quarter ended with Edinburgh storming ahead on 61 -41.
The final quarter saw Glasgow University come out fighting and playing hard, making for a very intense ending. A series of three pointers from numerous players saw the point gap beginning to close, signifying some hope for Glasgow fans. However, Edinburgh fought back hard to maintain their lead and so the game finished with the Edinburgh kings on 81 points and Glasgow University on 61 points.
After the game, captain of the Glasgow University squad, Calum Nicoll commented: ‘I’m very proud of our team for reaching a cup final. The team has developed a lot since entering into the national league, especially with players coming and going year to year. We have become a contender in the league and we will hopefully keep growing and win competitions in the near future. Being captain for such a great team is such a good feeling. Each player brings something unique that helps us develop into a better squad. As for the game we went out with the mentality that we could win. With the current form we have and the excellent crowd behind us it felt possible to beat a team that we had never beaten. After a strong first quarter, we felt like our dreams were coming true but Kings are a formidable opponent, any mistake you make, they will capitalise on fast. Edinburgh took the lead before the half and our team fought for the rest of the game. I’m proud to be part of a team that have achieved what we have. Even though we didn’t win we have a lot to feel proud about.’
So unfortunately dreams did not come true for the Glasgow side this year, losing out again to Edinburgh. But who knows, maybe some time in the near future they will finally knock the Kings from their thrones.