Basketball: Edinurgh Uni too good for Tayside

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Luckless Tayside Musketeers were crushed twice yesterday by the mighty machine which is now Edinburgh University Basketball Club.

As expected after their opening triumph over the champions Falkirk Fury, EU won the men’s game at the Pleasance but their victory margin of 91-36 over the young Muskies side even surprised coach Danny Costello.

Point guard Davy Rowan, whose younger brother Neil contributed well off the bench, led the scoring with 19 points, Jac St John adding 17, Ron Adrian a relatively quiet 15 and Rodger Watt 12.

EU women, winners of both Scottish Cup and Play-Offs last season, had pride of place for the second match and soon showed why coach Bart Sengars had predicted they would be stronger this season, with two new US students Erin McDonnel and Shannon Novosel joined by GB junior cap Hannah Peacock who has switched allegiance from Edinburgh Kool Kats.

Harvard graduate McDonnel had an “awesome” debut, scoring 30 points, taking a huge 24 rebounds and adding two blocks and seven steals, while another American, Dori Lansback, back for another year, added 24 and Peacock 11.

Edinburgh Kool Kats, having scraped through 63-62 over rookies Boroughmuir Blaze at the Crags in midweek after being down more than 20 points in the first half and trailing until the very last minute, took care of another new team South Lanarkshire Colliers 76-53 at Portobello High.

Edinburgh Kings were comfortable 70-54 winners over Ayrshire Tornadoes at the same venue while Blaze men held off Glasgow Storm 86-68 in a frenetic game at the Crags.

Former Kings and Scotland men’s national team coach Toni Szifris had winning debut as coach of Polonia women who beat Falkirk Fury at the Mariner.