Edinburgh University are through to meet Dunfermline Reign in the second round of basketball’s Scottish Cup after what appeared from the final score of 92-27 to be a Pleasance stroll at the University’s Centre for Sport and Excellence.
But beaten opponents Pleasance BC, the Lothian League team who originally played at the venue long before it was modernised, never threw in the towel.
In fact, helped by three three-pointers in a row from Sam Wallace, who finished with a total of 14 points, they almost made the score respectable.
After a grim first quarter during which the students just could not find the target – Pleasance actually led 4-3 after six minutes – Edinburgh gradually exerted control, helped by a full court press, and by half-time were 39-10 up.
By the end of the third Edinburgh led 70-14 and the result was no longer in doubt.
Davy Rowan, with some good assists from his younger brother Neil, a fresher, led with 22 points, and another fresher, Londoner Jac St John, had 16.
Konstantino Mouzahiti from Greece scored 11 and looks a find, while last season’s captain Ben Warrington had an off day with his shooting but still grabbed 13 rebounds.
Edinburgh’s major student rivals Glasgow University came out all guns blazing at the Mariner Centre where they led 16-4 at the start of their tie with Falkirk Fury.
They were still up until just before half-time but then Scotland guard Jonny Bunyan, who also plays for the Rocks, unleashed a volley of three-pointers which put Fury 37-29 ahead, and they eventually won 67-50.
A depleted Edinburgh Kool Kats got their Scottish Women’s League campaign off to a bright start with a 64-51 away win over Fury, with the junior women and cadettes also winning. Scottish cap Tracey Phillips was outstanding with 25 points, while Irish student Louise Welsh added 18. A Kool Kats spokeswoman said: “We were never behind and it was a good result considering we were without five key players, Shauna O’Connor, Lauren Walker, Hannah Peacock, Sarah O’Brien and Leanne Paige.”