Apr 6 2012 by Mike WIlson, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
MARR College just failed in their bid to win the Scottish open boys’ cup when they lost 69-68 to Gryffe High School.
Marr made a tentative start but with Rory McCabe and Chris Savage battling on the defensive rebounds, they trailed only 15-12 at the end of the first quarter.
Although Savage scored 10 of his game high 26 points in the second period, Gryffe stretched their lead to 38-28 by half time.
In the third quarter, three 3-point baskets by Craig Moffat brought Marr back and going into the fourth quarter the deficit was only 49-52.
Gryffe extended their lead to 12 points and when Craig Moffat fouled out of the game with five minutes to go it looked as if Marr would be overwhelmed.
On the back of baskets from Savage and Mark Gebbie, Marr started to eat into the lead. With less than two minutes to go, the lead had been cut to six points but Marr suffered another blow as Allan Gebbie fouled out.
In the cauldron of noise supplied by the Gryffe supporters, Savage made four free throws in a row and then a basket from Rory McCabe tied the game at 67-67.
After 39 minutes and 35 seconds of this 40 minute contest, Marr took the lead for the first time when Savage made a free throw.
However with only six seconds left, one of the Gryffe reserves made what was to be the winning shot. Marr called a time out but there were to be no fairytale endings as the last shot came up short.
Marr can be proud of reaching the final by beating seven other schools and the part they played in a thrilling contest.
Team: Stuart Dunlop, Alex Anderson (2 pts), Chris Savage (26), Mark Gebbie (10), Craig Moffat (14), Allan Gebbie (4), Paul Bryden, Rory McCabe (12), Euan Walker.
Troon Tornadoes’ national league season came to an end when the senior men lost 59-52 to Glasgow University in the quarter-finals of the play-offs.
Needing to overcome a five point deficit from the first leg, this looked within their reach as they won the first quarter 20-16.
But from that point on, Tornadoes struggled offensively and managed only nine points in the second quarter. They held the visitors to 14 to trail at half time by 30-29 and down by six points over the two games.
The third quarter was again poor but Tornadoes had taken a lead on the night43-42 to put them within striking distance of overturning the first game deficit.
But those hopes soon evaporated and Tornadoes were outscored 17-9 in the final period with the Uni scoring nine of their points from the free throw line.
Team: Chris Bombani, Scott Armstrong, Ally Hornell, Ifadade Thomas, Euan Campbell (capt, 11 pts), Andy Pearson (21), Scott Frew, Fraser Smith, Graham Hunter.