EK SCORPIONS claimed the over-12 Academy League title last week as they stung the Cambuslang Cougars with a 54-14 win.
The last game of the Reach for the Sky Basketball League saw the Cougars start well, showing their fans they were up for the challenge.
They all worked hard on defence and didn’t let the bigger Scorpions intimidate them.
However it was only a matter of time before the Scorpions opened up a lead from the smaller Cougars team and it was Jonathon Powell who led the Scorpions charge.
His defensive effort helped to hold the Cougars at bay and earn some easy fast break points. The Cougars didn’t give up, though, and with the crowd cheering them on they stepped up the intensity and at times, forced the Scorpions into making bad passes.
This helped the Cougars keep the game within reach at half time.
In the second half the Scorpions came out determined to extend their lead and finish the game early.
They used their size and speed to their advantage with a good rebounding effort from the whole team that led to a lot of fast break points.
Both teams were giving it their all, not wanting to lose the last Academy League game. The Cougars showed that they have improved since their last meeting by playing a lot more aggressive and more than doubling their previous score against the Scorpions. They also held the Cougars to four points less than their last encounter.
However, the Scorpions did manage to take the win which means they have finished the Academy League as undefeated champions with six wins.
Afterwards Academy founder Graham Hunter told the News it was a well-deserved win for the Scorpions.
He said: “What an amazing game to finish off an incredible Academy League.
“It was great effort by the Cougars. It has been a hard fought effort for any of the teams who have had to face the Scorpions.
“All the teams have really shown improvement over the past two months, however, the East Kilbride Scorpions have truly earned the title of the Academy Development League Champions winning all their games so convincingly and remaining undefeated.”