It can’t be much consolation for Boroughmuir Blaze in their quest for honours, but some of the best entertainment in Scottish basketball in recent seasons has been served up by the Capital club at their home at the Crags Sports Centre, albeit in defeat.
The latest example came last Saturday when St Mirren emerged 106-105 winners in normal time in the Scottish Cup quarter-final over Blaze, who had slender leads for long periods which they even stretched to 86-80 and 88-82 with six minutes left. But in the end Saints prevailed as they had done 99-96 after overtime in the league last February.
At that time, Blaze coach Simon Turner explained it thus: “Our style of play is very tiring and we couldn’t quite execute well enough as we fatigued”.
But it surely must be only a matter of time before his team clear that last hurdle?
They actually beat Saints 69-65 at the Crags back in October 2012, while Saints beat them 79-77 in another cliffhanger at Paisley in October 2013.
So tonight at the Lagoon Sports Centre (8.15pm) would be the prefect chance for Blaze to gain revenge and beat the Saints on their own court as well as drawing level with the Paisley side in joint-second place in the league behind champions Falkirk Fury.
Edinburgh Kings are also away tonight and should beat Stirling Knights at the Peak Centre (8pm).
Glasgow University, without captain Calum Nicol, host Fury tomorrow, while Dunfermline Reign host Glasgow Storm at St Columba’s HS (4.30pm).
In the women’s league, Polonia Phoenix have a stiff test away to Glasgow Rocks at Cumbernauld on Sunday, while Edinburgh Kool Kats should inflict more misery on winless Falkirk Fury at the Mariner SC (1.50pm).