Ross Paterson, of newly promoted Heriot-Watt University, posed a powerful basketball threat to Edinburgh University in the opening game of their Scottish Universities Championship defence at the Pleasance.
The 6ft 9in centre had scored 10 points and hauled down several rebounds before going off to hospital with an injury to an ankle he had seriously hurt last year.
Paterson, who also plays for West Lothian Wolves, had previously represented Glasgow University in the Scottish League when he was regarded as a definite prospect. But even without him “The Watt” gave a sparky display which at times troubled an Edinburgh team lacking the height and experience of Jac St John and Ben Warrington, who are ineligible for this competition.
Up 36-28 at half-time, EU pulled clear to win 75-56 with Ron Adrian top-scoring with 16 and captain Davy Rowan 15.
Capital clubs are out of town this weekend in the Scottish League with Edinburgh Kings facing at Scotstoun where they play Glasgow Storm tomorrow (1.30pm) and Boroughmuir Blaze away to Dunfermline Reign at St Columba’s High (2.30pm). Edinburgh University are back at Dalry Primary School for the second time in two weeks to play Ayrshire Tornadoes, this time in the Scottish Cup (5.45pm). Blaze women are at home at the Crags tomorrow (1.20pm) against one of the other new teams in the league, South Lanakshire Colliers.