Edinburgh University men aim to tame mighty Falkirk Fury

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It does not get any easier for Edinburgh University following their painful defeat to Edinburgh Kings in the men’s Scottish Basketball League.

The students visit unbeaten defending champions Falkirk Fury at the Mariner Centre tonight, with their hosts having won five out of five so far.

Danny Costello’s team lost by just one point to the Kings in a nail-biter last Sunday and will be looking to run Fury just as close, with a different final outcome.

Fury beat Kings by ten points earlier this month – their closest match so far – but the students will be confident they can throw a spanner in the works.

It is a big weekend for Fury’s pursuers, with teams squaring up to each other.

Fifth-placed Boroughmuir Blaze take on Glasgow Storm, who are third, at The Crags tomorrow (3.20pm) and fourth-placed Edinburgh Kings meet Glasgow Rocks, in seventh, at Portobello High tomorrow (5pm).

In the women’s league, Edin-burgh University have made a fine start to their season and face Kool Kats in a local derby tomorrow (Portobello High, 3pm).

The students beat Polonia Phoenix in their opening Scottish League match, but also made an encouraging start in the BUCS Premier North in midweek when they beat Leeds University 72-36 on the road, their first Premier win.

Sheila Dixon bagged the first 11 points for Edinburgh in a strong start as they led 17-9 after the first quarter.

Her team-mates responded and chipped in to get the scoreboard moving and the students led 34-11 by half-time, leaving little doubt about the outcome.

“In the second quarter of the game, we started playing better transition offence and made a big gap between the teams,” said head coach Bart Sengers.

“Right after the break we started poorly and a time-out was needed to get back to our ways but we recovered well and managed to get a bigger scoring difference. The last quarter we were a little sloppy but, all in all, it was a good start.”

Dixon finished with 21 points and Ashley Carson also reached double figures with 12.

Polonia Phoenix host St Mirren on Sunday at Holyrood High (3pm).