Scotland sweep Ireland in annual student showcase

Heriot-Watt was this year’s venue for the annual contest between Scottish Student Sport (SSS) and Student Sport Ireland.

It was the men who began the weekend’s proceedings with SSS coming out on top, despite a late surge from Ireland that saw their opponent’s lead cut to just 3, winning out 82-73.

It was a far more comfortable outing for the SSS women’s team; the host’s size proved too much to handle for Ireland. Leading from start to finish, the SSS squad ran out 101-47 winners, amassing 29 assists on 44 baskets. Yhana Van Wees scored a game-high 20 points, Erin McDonnell added 18 points and Dori Lansbach contributed 16 points.

Sunday’s action opened with the women and the Irish weren’t ready to lay down without a fight. In a much closer and well fought contest, Ireland held SSS to 78 points. Scotland, however, proved to be too strong and maintained an unassailable margin finishing the game 25 points ahead (78-53).

With all eyes on the final game, the men were tied 33-33 after the first 20 minutes of play. The second half proved to be a much more free-scoring affair, with the hosts able to separate themselves down the stretch. SSS took the game 85-74 to ensure a clean sweep, with both the Scottish men and women earning a 2-0 series win.

Sarah Halejian was named the Women’s MVP and Jacques St John took home the top Men’s honours.

Scottish Student Sport (SSS) Women 101-47 Student Sport Ireland Women (Day 1)
Scottish Student Sport (SSS) Women 78-53 Student Sport Ireland Women (Day 2)
Scottish Student Sport (SSS) Men 82-73 Student Sport Ireland Men (Day 1)
Scottish Student Sport (SSS) Men 85-74 Student Sport Ireland Men (Day 2)

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