Basketball: Blaze aim to fight fire with fire

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Scottish Basketball League leaders Boroughmuir Blaze face another tough five days with an away match against the possible title favourites St Mirren at the Lagoon Centre, Paisley tonight at 8.15pm.

That is followed by a home Scottish Cup tie against the holders Falkirk Fury at the Crags Sports Centre on Tuesday (8.15pm).

Blaze top the table because they have played a game more than Glasgow University, whom they beat at home last week, but Blaze, GU, Saints and Edinburgh University have all lost just once and are still very much in the mix.

Saints have been Fury’s closest challengers for honours in recent years, losing only narrowly in last year’s cup final, and in Nic Collins have possibly Scotland’s best home-based player.

His match-up with Blaze big man Tomas Cicenas could be the key to tonight’s game.

Saints’ guards will find Blaze guard Eoghann Dover a hard man to stop if he finds his range as he has been doing in recent outings.

Blaze will be without Latvian guard Edgars Damliks who is moving to Birmingham to take up a new job.

But Blaze are not short of promising young guards with the likes of Ronan Mullan and Sam Stott coming through.

Ronan’s brother Brendan is playing for Edinburgh University in the Scottish League this season and he had a boost ahead of tomorrow’s away game with Dunfermline Reign at St Columba’s HS (2.30pm) when he top-scored in the inter-city university game with 16 points.

Edinburgh men beat Glasgow 70-59 at the Pleasance, following EU’s 61-58 women’s defeat to Loughborough in their BUCS Northern Premier match at the same venue.

EU women remain unbeaten in the Scottish League and should extend their run away to St Andrews University on Sunday (7pm).

Edinburgh Kings have chance to keep a toehold in the men’s league chase away to Glasgow University at the new Stevenson Building Games Hall tomorrow (3.30pm).