Basketball: Indiscipline costs Kings against Uni

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Basketball’s Scottish league merry-go-round continued at the weekend with Edinburgh University and Boroughmuir Blaze strengthening their National Play-Off chances and Edinburgh Kings and St Mirren slipping up, Kings largely through indiscipline.

The biggest shock was the Glasgow University’s 95-85 away win over St Mirren at Paisley which drops the beaten cup finalists to fifth in the table and allows EU, deserved 74-57 winners at Portobello over a desperately disappointing Kings, to consolidate second spot behind the still unbeaten Falkirk Fury.

Blaze, easy 79-60 victors over Glasgow Rocks at the Crags move back to third with a game in hand on EU, but with four defeats compared to the students’ three.

Kings are in danger of not even finishing in the Top Four, their worst record for many years. Lee Reilly trudged from the court after his second technical foul, but there were others equally culpable.

EU led 14-10 after the first quarter, 37-23 at half-time and 52-42 after the third and were led by Gert Marisalu with 22 points, Jac St John with 18, Chris Evans with 16. Captain Ben Warrington finished strongly with 12. “It was a good team effort,” said Warrington.

A former Kings player, Liam McCabe, scored 16 points, took 14 rebounds and had four blocks for Blaze at the Crags where their Scottish cap John Brown top-scored with 20, Eoghann Dover added 13 and Ed Damlics 11.