Basketball: University aim to block Fury’s road

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It is the turn of Edinburgh University to challenge Scottish basketball champions Falkirk Fury in the Capital tomorrow after Edinburgh Kings fell just short at Portobello last weekend.

However, with sharp-shooter Chris Evans away and no obvious giants emerging from another massive freshers’ trial, coach Danny Costello is reluctant to predict how his side will fare at the Pleasance at 1.20pm.

New Yorker Ron Adrian is his one foreign newcomer so far, a friend of Sheila Dixon, who made a massive impact on the EU women’s side last season.

Back for the Scottish League at least are three of last season’s starters, captain Ben Warrington, Jac St John and Davy Rowan. Rowan’s younger brother, Neil, who played for Edinburgh Kings last season, is also in the squad as is Warrington’s brother Jake. Two Boroughmuir Blaze players Brendan Mullan and Roie Iluz also join in along with returning Highland Bears forward Roger Watt. Blaze, meanwhile, should open their campaign with an away win over Ayrshire Tornadoes at Dalry tomorrow while Kings will look for a first win away to Tayside Musketeers at Broughty Ferry.

Dunfermline Reign, who host Glasgow University tomorrow, have signed the former GU and Worcester BBL guard Steve Archer, who is also to coach Heriot-Watt University this season.

Women’s champions Edinburgh Kool Kats travel to Tayside on Sunday without Scotland centre Hannah Peacock, who was due to make her league debut for Edinburgh University tomorrow until Falkirk Fury pulled out citing shortage of players.

Polonia Phoenix head to St Andrews University on Sunday.