Basketball: Blaze finally beat Kings

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Helped by a superb shooting display from Scottish cap John Browne, Boroughmuir Blaze beat Edinburgh Kings 77-63 at the Crags Sports Centre for their first Scottish Basketball League win over their Capital rivals this century.

Browne scored five three-pointers in a huge 29-point haul for Blaze, who were also helped by the return from injury of former Scottish and Kings point guard Laurie Costello, though they still only had nine players on their bench.

“That’s by far the best we’ve played in the ten years I’ve been in Scotland,” said Blaze coach Simon Turner. “We’re making progress.”

Kings undoubtedly missed stalwart centre Simon Flockhart, but coach Doug Reilly maintained their loss was more due to their lack of preparation and their turn-overs. He said: “They shot the lights out, particularly John Browne, and deserved their win, but we are a work in progress – there’s a long way to go.”

Kings opened solidly enough, leading 17-13 after the first quarter, but Blaze then caught fire and led 33-26 at half-time.

Kings reduced the gap to 39-40, but that was the nearest they came and the Boroughmuir team, who dominated the Scottish National League in its early years, pulled away for their first win over their city rivals since they returned to the league three seasons ago after a long gap.

Apart from Browne, Tomas Cicenas had 15 points, Yannick Onifade 12 and Eoghann Dover, another ex-King, 11 for Blaze, while Mike Krucznski, who has stepped up from the Lothian League side, was top with 20 for Kings, with Craig Reilly adding 17 and Lithuanian Audrius Ciapas 16 on his return from suspension.

Champions Falkirk Fury kept up their strong start to the season with a 86-48 away win over Glasgow Rocks, while St Mirren beat Glasgow University 77-67 at home.

Dunfermline Reign are still looking for their first win of the season, going down 62-54 at home to Troon Tornadoes, at Queen Anne High while Stirling Knights are also winless, losing 72-76 to Glasgow Storm at the Peak Centre.