Edinburgh University 58 vs 83 St Mirren WCS
West College Scotland Saints headed for Edinburgh University for the penultimate game of the regular league season. A year ago this was an exciting cup final fixture but now this is league runners up against the local team attempting to avoid the eighth place play-off spot. Saints were blighted by injury and illness this week with Euan Glass, Chris Cleary and Dale Grieve all missing.
Scott Armstrong returned to the starting line up as Saints once more failed to get possession from the jump ball. Quick fire offence from the home team had Saints trailing early on but Dave Johnston and Nick Collins got to work and along with scores from Chris Barron and Armstrong had Saints in control at 18-11 with only a couple of minutes to play. Eye off the ball for those two minutes had the quarter at 21-19 in Saints favour only because Colin Railley made his baseline 3 pointer.
The second quarter had Saints more in control as Barron and Collins made 13 of Saints 20 points while the home team faltered to only 11 points in total. A comfortable 41-30 at half time with no foul trouble had the game going the way of the visiting Saints.
An early reminder of poor third quarter performances put Saints on the right track as they re started quickly and soon had the score line at 50-30 a few minutes later had the score at 60-40 and the period played out at 64-45 with Saints happy and relaxed.
A final period too relaxed for too long had the lead disappear as the students saw a chance to get back into contention as the score stalled at 66-55. A time out was called and the re focus saw Saints assert themselves as they raced to the buzzer with Fergus Harte and Craig Stamp supporting Collins, before the finale of the half court shot from Railley for a comfortable looking score line at 83-58.
A result that guarantees the Saints a league runner-up spot, and a look ahead to facing the seventh place finisher in the first round of the play offs. Top scorers this week were Nick Collins with 26 points, Dave Johnston on 12 points and Chris Barron on 10 points. Colin Railley’s 8 points included two 3 pointers.