Basketball: Edinburgh University bounce back

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Edinburgh University twice beat St Mirren in the Scottish League at the weekend.

First they travelled to the Lagoon Centre, Paisley, and inflicted a wounding 63-49 defeat on Saints on their home court, then resisted some tremendous pressure from their sharp-shooting, bigger opponents in the return game at the Pleasance yesterday to win 88-72.

Former Blaze junior Brendan Mullan gave EU a great start yesterday by scoring 16 points in a row including four three-pointers, as EU led 21-10 after the first quarter.

Mullan finished with 25 including five three-pointers but equally important was point guard Davy Rowan’s 40 minutes including 14 points and 11 from 14 free throws as Saints fouled.

Also notable was the sturdy defence of the big men Ben Warrington and Jac St John (11 points), who struggled at times to cope with the physicality of the visitors who commanded the rebounds.

Ahead 46-32 at half-time, EU however always had just enough of a lead, though Saints star Nick Collins battled mightily for his 33 points, aided by Colin Railley, ten, Chris Cleary, until he turned an ankle, Fraser Canning and Chris Barron.

If these results were startling there was also a shock for Capital table toppers Boroughmuir Blaze who slumped to a 76-66 loss to Edinburgh Kings at Portobello High on Saturday night, leaving them on two defeats with Glasgow University, 68-52 away winners at Tayside, now the only team on one loss.

Kings were probably due the win if only for the outrageous buzzer-beating “steal” Blaze had beaten them by at the Crags in their first match but Kings took command of this game from the start, led 43-28 at half-time and this time held off the late fightback by Blaze, who seemed short of reserve firepower.

Veteran Scottish cap Paddy Campbell led Kings with 24, Craig Reilly added 20 and junior Kyle Jiminez shot 16.

Tomas Cicenas scored 21, Eoghann Dover 20 and John Browne 13 for Blaze.