Boroughmuir Blaze seeking to retain Scottish Cup

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Boroughmuir Blaze, who have won the Scottish Cup ten times in their history, must have an outstanding chance of repeating the feat this year for the first time since 1976.

They are one of three Capital clubs through to the quarter-finals, the others being former champions Edinburgh Kings, who are seven times winners, and Edinburgh University, who last won the trophy at Portobello HS back in 1966 – having also won it in 1950 and 1951.

Though their task against joint and unbeaten league leaders St Mirren at the Crags tomorrow (1.20pm) will not be easy, this game should suit the non-stop style which Blaze have been running with growing success this season.

Their biggest problem will be stopping Nic Collins, the most mobile and effective big man in the country, who can hit 40 points a game almost at will.

But with the likes of Tomas Cicenas and French student Thomas Boeckler stepping up, Blaze have the talent to match the visitors.

Edinburgh University travel to play Stirling Knights at the Peak Centre tonight, having shown impressive form of late and they should go through to the semi-finals.

Though all but out of this season’s league race, Edinburgh Kings hope to secure the best of the remaining honours, including the Scottish Cup and league play-offs. That process needs to begin in Broughty Ferry tomorrow where Kings face league Tayside Musketeers away in a Scottish Cup quarter-final at Grove Academy Sports Centre.

In the Scottish Women’s League, Edinburgh Kool Kats host St Mirren at Portobello HS tomorrow.

Polonia Phoenix and Edinburgh University are also at home tomorrow, facing Gracemount Panthers and Glasgow Rocks respectively.