Boroughmuir Blaze have chance to light up title push

Blaze want to be the main challengers to Falkirk Fury
Blaze want to be the main challengers to Falkirk Fury
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Assuming there is not another repeat of the refereeing crisis which ruled out two senior men’s games last week, Scottish basketball should this weekend enjoy one of its best fixture cards of the season so far.

Top of the bill is tonight’s top-of-the-table Scottish League clash between unbeaten leaders Falkirk Fury and their new Capital challengers Boroughmuir Blaze at the Mariner Centre (8pm).

The young Blaze team are a clear second with only one defeat, when they went down to Fury 72-61 at the Crags in September.

A 12-point win tonight is probably beyond their wildest dreams, but would be enough to give them the title if they lost no other games. Victory by a narrower margin however would leave the door open if Falkirk slip up again.

Much will depend on whether Scotland guard Jonny Bunyan, through whom most of the Fury offences are run, will play.

But even if he does, the head-to-head tussle between him and his Scotland team-mate from last summer’s Euro C Championships, Eoghann Dover, should be worth seeing.

“We want him to play,” stressed Blaze coach regarding Bunyan. “These are the games we live for.”

Edinburgh University play host to third-placed St Mirren at the Pleasance at 12.50pm tomorrow, still smarting from their Scottish Cup semi-final exit to the Paisley men.

Though their three defeats might be too many to still make a challenge for the title, EU could move level with Saints if they win tomorrow, and if they win by more than 13 they would gain the advantage in the head-to-head.

EU welcome back their Estonian forward Gert Marisalu and hope to have Jac St John available for possibly his last match.

Edinburgh Kings, in fifth place but with five defeats, should beat Troon Tornadoes at Belmont Academy tomorrow (4.45pm) while the rest of the City of Edinburgh teams are at home in a busy five-day programme at Portobello High.

Unbeaten Kool Kats should see off senior women’s challengers Tayside Musketeers at 3pm while Muskies cadette and junior women’s team visit at 11am and 1pm and the Tayside cadet men’s and junior teams challenge at 5pm and 7pm.