THE Borders basketball finals were held in Galashiels last week with a total of eight area-winning primary schools competing.

Following an exciting day's play on the court it was Kingsland Primary from Peebles who emerged as winners.

The pupils from Lauder finished just behind as runners-up.

The league format saw each of the teams, which are made up of primary 6 and 7 pupils, play each other.

Kingsland A remained unbeaten throughout the competition to claim the trophy.

Lauder pipped third-placed Denholm by scoring more goals after they were tied on points.

And fourth-placed Denholm were only a single point further back.

Kieran Lynch, who is the East and Central Regional Basketball Development Officer, told us: “It was great to be back for the second annual Borders Regional Finals at Galashiels.

"The energy and enthusiasm was high from the first tip off.

"All teams showed great sportsmanship towards players and officials all day and it was fantastic to see all the teams having great success.

"It was obvious to see that there had been lots of hard work put in by the young players and coaches in the recent months and previous year to make the standard and competitiveness of the tournament very strong.

"I really hope they enjoyed the day as much as I did and really considering going along to the Basketball Development Centre ran in partnership with Live Borders and basketballscotland”.

Other teams taking part were Howdenburn Primary, Earlston primary, Clovenfords Primary, Glendinning Primary and Kingsland B.

A total of 65 boys and girls took part in the six-minute matches.

Gemma Ross, who is an Active Schools Coordinator in Earlston, added: “Active Schools would like to say a huge thank you to all the teachers, PE staff, coaches and parents who helped prepare the teams for both the cluster competitions and finals – they put in an incredible amount of work all year round and without them, these events just simply wouldn’t go ahead.

"Thanks also to our referees and Regional Development Officer, Kieran Lynch, who came along to support our event."

On Sunday, April 23 a P6/7 development centre for basketball starts up in the Queens Leisure Centre.