Basketball: Boroughmuir Blaze extinguish Glasgow Uni

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With only five regular senior players available, Boroughmuir Blaze sprang a real surprise on Glasgow University to win 68-58 at the Stevenson Building, Glasgow on Saturday and move clear in fourth position, one behind Edinburgh Kings in the Scottish Basketball League.

“That’s an important win for us, as we now own the head-to-head over the Uni for fourth place,” said coach Simon Turner.

“Because of injury, illness and work commitments, only five players were available, plus junior Roie Iluz, who didn’t look out of place on his senior debut.”

Eoghan Dover supplied most of the Blaze firepower with 23 points, John Brown adding 18, Yannick Onifade 12 and Laurie Costello 11.

However, Blaze juniors went down 72-65 away to Perth Phoenix in the league, which is only their second defeat of the campaign.

Edinburgh Kool Kats had a bit of twenty-twenty vision as they beat St Mirren comfortably 79-52 at Portobello yesterday.

Tracey Phillips and Hannah Peacock each scored a score, while Lauren Walker added 14 and Emma Findlay and Leanne Paige ten each.

Polonia Phoenix showed distinct improvement in holding league leaders Glasgow Rocks to 15 points, losing 51-66 at the Crags yesterday, where their cadettes only lost by two to the Rockettes.

Kats cadettes scored a 58-49 home win over Highland Bears, who arrived late due to traffic at the Forth Bridge.

Edinburgh Kings had a treble of home wins at Portobello High School on Saturday over Troon Tornadoes. Helped by a season-high of 29 points from point guard Craig Reilly, who nailed six three-pointers, Kings recovered from a bad second quarter which they lost 21-9 to go 32-37 behind at half-time.

Taking the third 24-9, Kings finished 68-58 victors with Simon Flockhart adding 17 points.

Kings juniors won 73-56 and the cadets 64-41.

West Lothian Wolves are through to the semi-finals of the Scottish Chairman’s Cup after a stinging 84-54 home win over Banchory Stags and will now play another Grampian side, Portlethen Panthers, for a place in the final.