WITH Troon Tornadoes senior men not in action at the weekend the basketball spotlight fell on the underage teams.

The Cadets made it two wins out of a possible three against Perth Phoenix with an impressive 87-60 victory.

Tornadoes started very well and raced to an early 21-3 with Jordan McIlwraith racing up 13 points in this run. Just as it started to look as if Phoenix were heading for a blow out Tornadoes started to make some errors and this allowed Phoenix to reduce the deficit to 25-15 by the end of the first quarter.

By half-time Tornadoes" lead had shrivelled to 36-33 and in the third period Perth actually took a momentary lead but at the end of the period but the last quarter saw Phoenix wilt under sustained defensive pressure and Tornadoes ran out easy winners.

Team: Harvey Baker-Flannagan, Sam Jack (10 points), Connor McQuade, Mathew Scott, Harry Kerr, Rob Loughlin (15 points), Alastair Anthony, Jordan McIwraith (36 points), Daniel Muir (16 points), Stephen McCallum, Sam McGilvray.

Tornadoes juniors suffered a disappointing 85-72 loss to Phoenix in their national league encounter.

Down 24-15 at the end of the first period it looked as if Phoenix were heading for a 30 point plus win but Tornadoes fought back to lose by single figures. Team: Gregor Anderson (19 points), Josh Crolley (13 points), Stuart Gallacher (12 points), and Callum Ayers (10 points) all managed to get into double figure for Tornadoes.

Team: Jordan Thomson, Ian Mitchell, Stuart Patterson, Gregor Anderson, Stuart Gallacher, Allan Bruce, David McPheat, Jamie Alexander, Josh Crolley, Darren McCallum. Next week the Juniors are at home to Glasgow City and they will be hoping for a much need win to boost their confidence.

The last game in Arbroath was a close run affair and Tornadoes are hoping to cause an upset.

The most intriguing game of the weekend is the senior men"s home game against Edinburgh Kings on Friday night (tip off 8.15 pm) at the Citadel Leisure centre in Ayr. Kings have almost got their hands on the national league title but a victory for Tornadoes would still give them an albeit slim chance of the league title.

It will be interesting to see if Tornadoes are willing to show all their cards to Kings in the week before the show case cup final game.

In schools basketball Marr College reached the Ayrshire open final against Cumnock Academy. In the Ayrshire under-15 league Marr beat Scottish Schools" cup finalists Largs Academy 87-85 in a game they trailed in until the last 10 seconds.