Blaze bounce right back to end students’ unbeaten run

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Scottish junior basketball cap Sam Stott proved the hero of the weekend for Boroughmuir Blaze with a nerveless 21 points as Blaze pulled away to defeat previously unbeaten Edinburgh University 73-58 at the Pleasance yesterday.

Tomas Cicenas with 16, Eoghann Dover with 13 and John Browne wih 10 all found the target for a Muir team unrecognisable from the outfit who had slipped up at home at the Crags the previous day.

Blaze had lost their unbeaten record 84-79 to Tayside Musketeers, a team they had beaten comfortably in the Cup the previous week.

“Our mindset was much improved and we’re delighted to bounce back and collect the win,” said coach Simon Turner.

By contrast EU were lack-lustre yesterday after coming through a tough overtime derby with Edinburgh Kings 82-75 at Portobello on Saturday.

Kings might well have won and were unlucky to be without international centre Ali Mackay who, after being allowed to play in their Scottish Cup game against St Mirren, was ruled ineligible as his Italian club had apparently not released him.

Ben Warrington stepped up with 19 for EU, Roger Watt adding 15.

Glasgow University are now the only unbeaten team in the Scottish League but the league is wide open with as many as six teams still in contention.

Edinburgh University women came from behind to defeat Glasgow Rocks 77-64 at home on Saturday while Polonia Phoenix and St Andrews University went to overtime at Holyrood HS before the students edged home 73-70.

Centre Julie Ritchie had a vintage 33 points for Phoenix, with fellow veteran centre Les Jackson playing the entire game with a finger dislocated in the warm-up.

Champions Edinburgh Kool Kats had beaten St Andrews 61-50 at Portobello the previous night with Tracey Phillips scoring 22 and Emma Findlay 17.