The showcase event in the 2018 Scottish Wheelchair Basketball calendar saw St Mirren Warriors go head to head with Lothian Phoenix on Saturday 27th January at Oriam, Edinburgh. The day saw a true feast of top class basketball as a number of National finals were played successively, including the men and woman seniors. The Wheelchair Scottish Cup Final, presented by CliniMed, was the third game of the day and highlighted how dynamic, exciting and competitive wheelchair basketball is with the two top teams in Scotland battling out a thrilling encounter.
St Mirren got off to a lightning start as they flew out to a 17-4 lead to close out the first quarter behind some stellar play from the inside. The second quarter told a different story as Lothian grew from the ashes of defeat as they closed the gap 27-23 behind some great mid-range shooting and half-court offence.
The second-half began with St Mirren regaining their command on the game as they went almost perfect from mid-range shots, Abdul Rahman Bin Shaylan hitting shot after shot to give him 17pts through 3 quarters. Gary Davidson also chipped in with his fair share, leading St Mirren to a 49-32 lead at the end of the 3rd. Tightened defence from St Mirren along with an efficient offence allowed them to extend their lead behind a great fast break from Sarah McCaffrey.
St Mirren went on to be crowned Scottish Cup champions 2018 defeating Lothian Phoenix 61-41.
Rahman Bin Shaylan (St Mirren Warriors) was the 2018 Molten Sports MVP.
Shaylan 19 pts 11 rebounds
McKinley 16 pts 1 rebound