It's all Cummins together for Paul as Kings blow up a basketball Storm

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IRISH hot shot Paul Cummins bagged an amazing 44 points for Edinburgh Kings in their 98-68 home Scottish Basketball League win over Glasgow Storm at Portobello High School on Saturday, easily the highest individual tally in the league this season.

The Irish international guard, who nearly signed pro forms for Newcastle Eagles at the start of the season, is pursuing a masters degree in sports psychology at Edinburgh University and he showed he is a master of the three-point shot, hitting nine from beyond the arc.

Some of them were so far outside the line that he revived memories of the shooting of former Harlem Globetrotter and MIM star Lewis Young, who topped the Scottish scorers 27 years ago this month with an average of over 33 a game.

If Cummins continues his current streak he could well threaten that mark.

He was well supported by Garreth Lodge, skipper in the absence of Paddy Campbell, who had three "treys" in his 16-point tally and Lee Reilly who had two in his ten. Simon Flockhart, with 11, and Lee Pettett, with eight and some sprightly steals, also played well.

But Storm hit back especially in the final quarter when Ross Rankin scored 17 of his 22 points including four threes.

Kings led 24-11 after the first quarter but only 44-30 at half-time with the subs unable to keep up the momentum.

Another 27-15 burst in the third took the champions clear and allowed coach Danny Costello to run his bench.

The anticipated fireworks along the road at Musselburgh were sadly not from the home side East Lothian Buccaneers but Falkirk Fury, who mauled them 105-55 with former Rocks sharp-shooter and Scotland captain Keith Bunyan nearly back to his vintage best with 32, including six three-pointers.

Ali Fraser added 23, Daniel Donnelly 14 and Jonny Bunyan 13 including three more "treys".

St Mirren lost their unbeaten record at the weekend, slipping up 79-75 away to Troon Tornadoes and opening up the title race.

That puts even more focus on Friday's clash at Saints' new home venue, the Lagoon Centre in Paisley, when Kings, who have two defeats, one of them at home to Saints, are the visitors. Coach Costello will be hoping Paddy Campbell and Campbell Flockhart are both back for that one.

Pleasance Pantheon are through to the second round of the Scottish Chairman's Cup after a narrow 50-47 win over Paisley side Buddies at Dalkeith.