Edinburgh University basketball coach Danny Costello has praised the dedication of his graduate centre Jac St John, who is again paying his own way north from London for tomorrow’s Scottish Cup first round tie away to Ayrshire Tornadoes at Stewarton (2.45pm).
Costello, whose all-student side beat Strathclyde 76-42 away this week, believes that St John and another recent graduate, former captain Ben Warrington, are vital to the team if they are to progress in the Cup.
EU should have been on league business in Ayrshire last weekend but the game was called off at the last moment and so the Capital side will have to make another trip to fit in the match later.
EU women meanwhile are reeling from a 93-44 away defeat by Northumbria University in their opening game of the British Universities Northern Premier Division in Newcastle.
Winners of the Scottish Women’s Cup and League Play-Offs last season, EU were thought to be even stronger this time but came up against a tough side, who also play in the English Women’s BBL.
Scottish League rookies South Lanarkshire Colliers are due to host EU at the Alistair McCoist Complex, East Kilbride tomorrow (3.15pm) and may pay a heavy price.
Beaten finalists last time Edinburgh Kool Kats open their challenge against Aberdeen’s Granite City Grizzlies at Portobello High tomorrow (12.20pm).
Kats are also on league duty on Sunday away to Glasgow Rocks at St Maurice’s High, Cumbernauld (11.20am).
Edinburgh Kings men host St Mirren in the league at Portobello on Sunday (11.20am).
Boroughmuir Blaze men take on Tayside Musketeers in the Cup at the Crags tomorrow (1.20pm) while Blaze women travel to play St Andrews University whom some of them, playing for Edinburgh University seconds, just lost to this week.