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Inverness City Lions beat Stirling Knights to go top of the league

By Will Clark

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Scottish Division Two

Inverness City Lions 71

Stirling Knights 64

INVERNESS CITY Lions have gone top of Scottish Division Two after knocking Stirling Knights off pole position with a 71-64 victory.

The seven-point victory at Millburn Academy on Saturday leaves Inverness as the only undefeated team in the division with six wins out of six.

However they were forced to come from behind as they were losing by three points going into the final quarter.

Maciej Splawski goes for a three pointer against Stirling.
Maciej Splawski goes for a three pointer against Stirling.

Head coach John Kerray praised his team’s character for fighting back and taking the victory.

“It was a tough game as expected, probably the best team we have played against so far this season,” he said.

“Knights did a good job of disrupting our offence.

“They imposed their physicality on us in the first half giving them a five point lead going into the break.

“We had a good team talk at half time and went into the second half with our big men stepping up to the plate on the physicality side and a positive change to our tactics on offence.

“We slowly played our way back into the game and got a convincing win in the end.

“We now have a weekend off which will be good for the players to get some down time.”

Lions were 17–13 up at the end of the first quarter despite missing a number of shots which failed to fall through the hoop.

But Stirling came fighting back and dominated the second quarter to take a 34-29 lead into half time.

But Inverness fought back to reduce their deficit to three points going into the final quarter.

“The team dug their heels in and our big men stepped up and started getting the upper hand on the physicality side of things,” said Kerray.

“On offence we gambled and made a big tactical change to the way we normally play and it helped us win the quarter and gave us renewed confidence going into the final quarter.”

Szymon Stefaniak scored 14 points in the second half.
Szymon Stefaniak scored 14 points in the second half.

Inverness dominated the final quarter scoring 25 points to record a 71–64 win.

Szymon Stefaniak was named man of the match scoring 14 second half points which was key to Inverness’s revival.

Inverness are top of Division Two with 12 points with a 6–0 record. Three other teams also have 12 points but have a poorer win-loss record.

Inverness have a free weekend but have a double header when they return to action next weekend when they travel to face Glasgow City on Saturday, November 16 and then Glasgow University B on Sunday, November 17.

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