Blaze revenge as they hand St Mirren first defeat

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Boroughmuir Blaze caused one of the upsets of the Scottish basketball season so far when they defeated previously unbeaten St Mirren 107-83 at the Lagoon Centre, Paisley.

It was also quick revenge for their narrow home defeat to Saints in the Scottish Cup a week ago.

It means they go level with Saints on one defeat with leaders Falkirk Fury now the only unbeaten side.

Scottish caps Eoghann Dover with 36 points and John Browne, 31, were outstanding for Blaze who led 50-27 at half-time.

Chris Cleary with 25 led the home side, whose usual danger man Nic Collins was confined to seven points.

“We were a poor second,” said Saints coach Stuart Glass.

The other talking point of the weekend was the return of Scottish internationalist Lee Reilly for Edinburgh Kings after he had been out for several weeks though injury and unable to resume his professional career with Gotha Rockets in Germany.

Reilly made an instant impact, top-scoring with 34 points including nine three-pointers as Kings eased to a 88-63 points away win over Stirling Knights at the Peak Centre.

Coach Doug Reilly said his son would be with them now “until he gets a worthwhile offer”. Simon Flockhart was next highest with 11 points.

League leaders Falkirk Fury showed no sign of weakening, beating Glasgow University 97-56.

But Edinburgh Kings had a boost in the junior league where they beat Fury 90-49 away.

Edinburgh Kool Kats kept up their unbeaten run in the Scottish Women’s league, beating Falkirk Fury 56-51 at the Mariner, while Polonia Phoenix went close to upsetting Glasgow Rocks at St Maurice’s before going down 66-62.