Edinburgh University came as close as any team this season to ending Falkirk Fury’s unbeaten run when they went down 79-76 at the Pleasance on Saturday after an enthralling game of Scottish League basketball.
Hit by a three-point blitz from a former BBL three-point stats leader as Keith Bunyan eight from beyond the arc in a 27-point total, EU looked in danger of crumbling at 30-11 down in the second quarter.
Yet they fought back so well that it took an assured display from the Scotland and GB cap Ali Fraser to help secure the win for the champions.
Despite being “double-teamed” for much of the game, Fraser scored 15 points both near the basket and away and some massive rebounds.
EU point-guard Davy Rowan scored two free throws to tie the score 51-51 with just under two minutes left of the third and Chris Evans, EU’s top scorer with 23, tied them again at 59-59 with the third of his four threes.
But, ultimately, what cost the hosts victory was their nine missed free throws, although Fury too missed some in a tense final minute, with both teams going to the line.
Captain Ben Warrington had a fine game in defence against Fraser and also scored 19 points while Gert Marisalu added 13.
French veteran Walter Lubeigt added 14 and Greek student Greg Foussas 12 for Fury, who need two more wins to clinch the title. EU hold on to second place but Boroughmuir Blaze are just behind in third after an 87-70 away win over Glasgow Storm.
Edinburgh Kool Kats narrowly kept their unbeaten record in the Scottish Women’s League with a 57-56 away win over St Mirren. Kats were helped in their title ambitions yesterday when Edinburgh University beat their nearest challengers Glasgow Rocks 63-57 at Cumbernauld.