Blaze cap championship season with first win at the Mariner

Boroughmuir Blaze, from left: Sean Cole, Eoghann Dover, John Browne, Sean Nealon-Lino, Lewis Crofts, and  Sam Stott. Picture Ian Rutherford
Boroughmuir Blaze, from left: Sean Cole, Eoghann Dover, John Browne, Sean Nealon-Lino, Lewis Crofts, and Sam Stott. Picture Ian Rutherford
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Already confirmed as the new champions, Boroughmuir Blaze rounded off their regular Scottish Basketball League season in style by travelling to defeat last year’s champions Falkirk Fury 74-64 at the Mariner Sports Centre.

“It’s the first time we’ve ever won at the Mariner and that was one of our best team performances ever,” claimed a jubilant Blaze coach Simon Turner, whose team repeated the treatment in the Challenge Cup game at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena with a 68-57 win before the BBL Trophy Final.

Blaze were down nine points at half-time at the Mariner but then turned the screw and Fury had no answer to their trademark press, taking the second half 25-14.

By a quirk of fate Blaze now play one of the few teams to have beaten them, Tayside Musketeers, in the first round of the Play-Offs. Muskies finished eighth, having travelled to turn the tables on the team just above them Dunfermline Reign, winning 76-61 on Saturday.

Reign finish ninth and Ayrshire Tornadoes tenth, having lost 100-67 to Edinburgh University at Dalry on Friday night, and 93-88 to Glasgow Storm at Scotstoun on Saturday.

EU were less successful away yesterday when, after leading Glasgow University 27-21 at half-time and 44-34 after the third quarter, they went down 61-53 after overtime.

GU thus finish second, EU third and St Mirren fourth.

Top scorers for EU were Jac St John with 13 points and Ron Adrian and Brendan Mullan with 12 each.

EU women completed their fixtures unbeaten, defeating Polonia Phoenix 95-41, with Tayside Musketeers finishing second ahead of Edinburgh Kool Kats.