Blaze do the dou­ble with nar­row Play­off fi­nal tri­umph

The Herald - Herald Sport - - UPDATE - MARK WOODS

BOR­OUGH­MUIR Blaze com­pleted a re­mark­able re­turn to the top of do­mes­tic bas­ket­ball by lift­ing the Scot­tish Play­off crown with a 76-71 win over Ed­in­burgh Univer­sity.

Blaze for­ward To­mas Ci­ce­nas had 22 points and 13 re­bounds as his side, who last month took the league for the first time in 36 years, com­pleted the dou­ble.

The hosts trailed 34-29 at half-time but found their rhythm in the third quar­ter. But Bor­ough­muir proved ob­sti­nate and fin­ished in con­fi­dent style to end their sea­son on a high.

Ed­in­burgh Univer­sity’s women pol­ished off an un­beaten cam­paign by thrash­ing Ed­in­burgh Kool Kats 78-58 in their play-off fi­nal be­hind Sarah Hale­jian’s haul of 20 points and 11 re­bounds.

The am­bi­tious cap­i­tal out­fit, who also added the Scot­tish Cup, will con­sider ac­cept­ing a pro­mo­tion into the Women’s Bri­tish Bas­ket­ball League next term. And they un­der­lined their po­si­tion as a class above the chas­ing pack by outscor­ing Kool Kats 20-10 in the third pe­riod to build an in­sur­mount­able cush­ion.

In the BBL, Neil Wat­son hit a de­ci­sive three-poin­ter with six sec­onds left as ti­tle-chas­ing Le­ices­ter Rid­ers avoided a shock by scrap­ing past Lon­don Lions 77-76 to close within six points of lead­ers New­cas­tle Ea­gles with four games still in hand. Ply­mouth Raiders tight­ened their group on a play­off spot with a 91-72 win over ail­ing Bris­tol Fly­ers.

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