Basketball: Edinburgh Uni and Blaze lock horns

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Capital basketball’s “New Firm” have a “pistols at dawn” clash at the Pleasance tomorrow when Edinburgh University host Boroughmuir Blaze in the Scottish League at 10am.

With unbeaten Falkirk Fury out in front in the title race on 28 points and likely to go further ahead by beating Troon at the Mariner SC tonight (8pm), Edinburgh Uni can consolidate second spot in this their first clash of the season with Blaze.

EU are now second on 25, Blaze third on 23 and Edinburgh Kings fourth, also on 23.

But Blaze have played a game fewer than both and will move back into second place if they win tomorrow. Blaze, who train just along the road at the Crags Sports Centre, are not worried at the early tip-off time.

“We’re not bothered at all and looking forward to starting a new local rivalry,” said coach Simon Turner. “We’ve been hit by injury recently but have enough depth to cover.”

EU hope to have their starting centre Jac St John back on duty and, with Estonian forward Gert Marisalu and Ben Warrington both available, their defence is solid.

Warrington kept Glasgow’s Scottish internationalist Calum Nicol to zero points in the student derby at the Emirates Arena last Wednesday when Edinburgh won 73-44 to virtually wrap up the title.

Edinburgh University women will play Falkirk Fury in the national league at 11.50am tomorrow immediately after the men’s game, possibly without American star Sheila Dixon who missed their midweek BUCS Northern Premier 94-45 defeat to Durham due to illness.

Edinburgh Kings should keep up the chase on the top four by beating Dunfermline Reign at St Columba’s HS tomorrow (2.30pm). Edinburgh Kool Kats aim to return to winning form after their Scottish Cup final defeat when they host local rivals Polonian Phoenix at Holyrood HS on Sunday (2.50pm).