Edinburgh Kings boosted by signing of Nicol

Simon Flockhart has also returned to Kings

Simon Flockhart has also returned to Kings

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The City of Edinburgh Basketball club have high hopes for the coming season from their two home-grown senior teams.

After an exhibition match against one of the USA Select touring teams at Portobello High School last Sunday a new-look Edinburgh Kings open their account away to Glasgow University at the Stevenson Building tomorrow (3.30pm).

Kings’ new senior coach Craig Nicol has probably pulled off the signing of the year by luring his younger brother Calum, the former Glasgow University captain, back to the club where he played as a junior.

His defensive qualities and all-round game will be as much welcome for Kings as they will be missed by the students who have also lost their successful coach Josh Tackie who has moved south to take a post in London.

But equally important for Kings will be the return of another former junior, Ali Mackay, who spent several years at the famous Davidson College, USA, and whose inside game will be hard to counter.

Nicol will also introduce 16-year-old point guard Rory Milne to the senior ranks while veteran centre Simon Flockhart returns after a year with Falkirk Fury.

Edinburgh Kool Kats also hit the road to Broughty Ferry on Sunday where they face close rivals Tayside Musketeers at 1.20pm.

Kats welcome back former juniors Annie Rowan and Rachel Boyd as well as Nicola McBrierty.

“It’s extremely special to have two teams we believe will compete for the top of the league who are made up of players who’ve come through our development programme,” said club chair Amelia Morgan.

Boroughmuir Blaze women are at home to Glasgow Rocks at the Crags tonight at 8.20pm while Polonia Phoenix travel to play Falkirk Fury tomorrow at 1.50pm. Champions Edinburgh University are at the Kelvin Hall to play Glasgow Fever on Sunday at 4.20pm.