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Dumfries Sweeps Kirkcudbright - Basketball News

09 MAR 2018


On Tuesday, February 27th, Dumfries Academy Basketball took its unbeaten streak on the road to Kirkcudbright where both Academies clashed in their only meeting of the season. The old rivals squared off first in the junior game with a young and fast Kirkcudbright side making their debut on good form and keeping the Dumfries side alert and active. The experience of the visiting team soon took control of the game and the score started to slip away for the hosts. When the dust settled, the score was a lopsided 66-7. Kirkcudbright’s team was composed largely of S1 pupils and lacked the physical size to compete with the S2 and S3 players from Dumfries. For his 16-point performance, Finlay Paterson was named player of the match for the visitors.
In the senior match, things got off to a fairly even start but Dumfries’ good effort eventually earned the team some equally good fortune. Sticking to its defensive game-plan and outpacing Kirkcudbright in the transition game helped give the visiting team an edge in scoring. Smart clock-management in the 4th quarter helped to seal the victory and, when the buzzer sounded, the final score was 59-38 in favour of the visitors. Ross Acklam earned the player of the match, tallying 18 points and 15 rebounds for his 9th double-double of the season.
The two wins place Dumfries Academy a step closer to earning berths in the Regional Final, scheduled for March 21st. The juniors are now 4-0 in regional play with one match left and the seniors are 4-0-1. The seniors now face a tough away fixture against St. Joseph’s College on March 8th. Four days later, both Academy teams will finish their regular season play in hosting Langholm Academy.


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