BASKETBALL club Boroughmuir Blaze look ready to mount a real challenge for top honours this season judging by the way they demolished Stirling Knights 121-68 at the Crags Sports Centre on Saturday.
Ahead an amazing 71-32 at half-time after a 44-12 second quarter, Blaze were 101-45 up after the third quarter and only then did they slacken off a little.
With seven out of the nine players on their bench in double figures it was little wonder that coach Simon Turner was celebrating: “That’s the best we’ve played since re-entering the national league,” he said.
“Our focus on player development is paying dividend with the likes of Malcolm (Winning) and Yannick (Onibade).”
Blaze have also secured a signing coup with the decision of the former Edinburgh Kings guard Eoghann Dover to opt for them and not rejoin his old club when he returned to the Capital recently after a spell with BBL side Worcester Wolves.
“We’re delighted Eoghann has decided to play for us – he’s a dedicated person who’s developing as a leader.”
Polish forward Tomas Cicenas led the home scoring with 25 points, Onibade and John Browne added 18 each, Winning, who is still a junior, 17, Dover 14, Gregor Auld ten and another new signing, former Dundee University Latvian Edgars Damlicks, ten.
Blaze, who were without Swedish centre Rob Jansson who was on holiday, host rivals Edinburgh Kings at the Crags on Saturday in what should now be a fascinating clash.
Kings were without a game at the weekend but had a more modest win over Knights in their opener at Stirling the previous weekend.
Their juniors however got off the mark with a 82-59 home win over Perth Phoenix at Portobello High School where the cadets also beat Perth 56-37.
Blaze juniors took care of Highland Bears 82-63.
Scottish senior champions Falkirk Fury consolidated their position at the top of the table, defeating St Mirren 84-74 at the Mariner Centre in nearby Camelon.