Can anything dampen the spark which Boroughmuir Blaze are currently giving to the Scottish basketball scene?
So far they have resisted the threat of all their major rivals, their only blip being at home to lowly Tayside Musketeers.
Tonight they travel again to Paisley to face St Mirren in the first of the Scottish cup quarter-finals and, having blocked the Buddies 92-76 on their home court in the league last Friday, will be out to avenge their 106-105 loss to Saints in last year’s quarter at the Crags.
Blaze this week went on to defeat the champions Falkirk Fury 75-65 at the Crags and their only worry must be possible fatigue. Saints are confident they can turn the tables and, having lost a 99-96 thriller to Fury in last year’s final, are keen to progress.
Fury meanwhile are not out of this year’s cup yet, but their league form is poor – three defeats, one of which was at home to Glasgow University.
Tomorrow they visit GU, who are back on their old court at the Stevenson Building following last week’s abandonment against Edinburgh Kings in their new games hall.
Edinburgh University travel to play Stirling Knights in the Cup at the Peak Centre tomorrow (2.20pm) and should win.
If they do they will face the winners of the GU v Fury game in the semi, while Blaze would meet the winners of the Glasgow Storm v Dunfermline Reign tie at Scotstoun tomorrow (1.30pm).
Edinburgh Kool Kats, with Scottish international guard Leane Page back from a knee injury, will have revenge on their minds when they go to Broughty Ferry on Sunday to play Tayside Musketeers in the Scottish Women’s quarters.
“It’s the first time we’ve been at full strength this season,” says coach Graham Gunn.
Still smarting from another disappointing 80-79 BUCS loss to Sheffield Hallam, holders Edinburgh University are at home to South Lanarkshire Colliers at the Pleasance (1.20pm).
Erin McDonnell scored 28 and Dori Lansbach 20 for EU who fought back from 10 down to 78-78 against Sheffield.