EU must try and refill their basket

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Testing times lie ahead for Edinburgh University who have seen the prize of runners-up spot in the national basketball league snatched from them.

Had they not gone down to a recent shock defeat away to Troon Tornadoes, EU, by virtue of their big early season win, would still have finished on top of Boroughmuir Blaze despite losing to Blaze earlier this week.

EU play away to Glasgow Storm tomorrow. Now fourth, they will face fifth-placed Edinburgh Kings in the first round of the National play-offs, which could be going to be staged as single leg ties only, because of BasketballScotland’s current referee shortage.

The students also face a tough test if they are to win through to the Premier North division of the British Universities Championship next season. They have been drawn away to Salford who have beaten them this season in the BUCS Trophy.

Tomorrow is a busy day in the national age group play-offs with eight semi-finals tat Grangemouth Sports Complex.

Blaze and Kings clash in the cadet men’s semis at noon while Blaze face Fakirk Fury and Kings meet Perth Phoenix in the junior men’s last four at 4pm. Top seeds in the Scottish senior women’s play-offs are league champions Edinburgh Kool Kats who have their first play-off game on April 11.

There are no Capital teams in either the junior or cadette women’s semis at Grangemouth tomorrow.