Double success for Muskies

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TAYSIDE Musketeers cadets have notched up two notable achievements in the last few weeks, winning the basketballscotland National League Division One title for the first time in over 10 years, followed two weeks later by winning the play-offs at The Peak, Stirling.

The team, which trains in Arbroath and Dundee and which plays it home games at Arbroath High School, comprises players from throughout Dundee and Angus including third-year Forfar Academy pupil Gavin Thomson.

The team was crowned division one champions on March 5 in Stirling when they were presented with the League trophy and winners’ medals, before returning to Stirling on the weekend of March 19 and 20 when they played in the final four of the play-offs at The Peak.

The Muskies played the first round on the Saturday against a tough Falkirk Fury side who were desperate to win as this competition provided their last chance of having success this season. Muskies led 52 to 39 going into the final quarter and this cushion helped the team relax and get back into their normal game of playing free flowing fast break offence, with all 12 players getting valuable court time.

They ran out 73 to 46 winners securing a final match up with Edinburgh Kings who defeated Boroughmuir Blaze in the other game.

Although the Musketeers were the number 1 seed going into the final on the Sunday, the Kings were favourites having beaten the Musketeers twice earlier in the season.

The cadet men knew they were playing their last game together and came out all guns blazing, led by captain Nicky Sim of Arbroath High School, winning 68 to 63 and securing their second national title of the season.

This has been a fantastic season for the boys, winning the first title by a Tayside team in over 11 years and first national honours for coaches Paul Boath and Alistair Vannet.