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Inverness City Lions survive tricky last quarter to put out Boroughmuir Blaze


By Andrew Henderson


Inverness City Lions faced a nervy finish to their Scottish Basketball Championship match against Boroughmuir Blaze, but came away with a 77-72 win.

The Lions edged ahead 15-12 at the end of the first quarter and never gave up the advantage, but it could have been far more comfortable as a lot of shots missed the target early on.

The Inverness City Lions team to face Boroughmuir Blaze in October 2019 - Team from left to right, top row: Hamish Young, Janis Bakis, Andy Pearson, Madars Baldins, Michal Krajewski, Ruaraidh MacLennan, Graeme Gillespie, Szymon Stefaniak. Bottom row: Maciej Splawski (Cpt), Peter Gounaris (Cpt), Ralph Panlilio, Keven Otanes.
The Inverness City Lions team to face Boroughmuir Blaze in October 2019 - Team from left to right, top row: Hamish Young, Janis Bakis, Andy Pearson, Madars Baldins, Michal Krajewski, Ruaraidh MacLennan, Graeme Gillespie, Szymon Stefaniak. Bottom row: Maciej Splawski (Cpt), Peter Gounaris (Cpt), Ralph Panlilio, Keven Otanes.

With the scores at 32-27 at half time, Inverness grew into the game and took control in the third quarter.

They stretched the lead by another five points – a gap that was too much for Blaze to come back from.

Lions head coach John Kerray was delighted with the ability every member of his squad – including new arrival Michal Krajewski – showed, and believes recent training has already started to pay off.

“It was great to have a full squad of 12 players available for the game,” Kerray said.

“We played very well for the first three quarters with nine different players getting on the scoresheet and everyone stepping up on their on-ball and helpside defence.

“That is something we have been talking about and working on in training over the last few weeks."

Read more in today's Highland News.



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