Junior quartet help Blaze to victory over Tornadoes

Simon Flockhart scored 16 for Edinburgh Kings (library pic)
Simon Flockhart scored 16 for Edinburgh Kings (library pic)
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Boroughmuir Blaze came back from their Ayrshire road trip with two basketball wins out of three, both seniors and juniors beating Troon Tornadoes at Belmont Academy on Saturday.

Taking the final quarter 16-6, Blaze finished strongly to beat Troon seniors 70-61, while the juniors warmed up for Sunday’s Scottish Cup final against Perth Phoenix at the Lagoon Centre, Paisley by winning 91-57.

Coach Simon Turner included four of that team in his senior side and was delighted with their performance: “The four juniors all had good minutes and Malcolm Winning not only scored ten points but had five clutch points in the last two minutes. It was a very satisfying win that reflects well on the growth of the club.”

Former Scottish junior cap Eoghan Dover led the Blaze scorers with 20 points and former Dundee University guard Edgars Damlicks added 17, with Winning next.

What a difference a week makes. Against admittedly weaker opposition than St Mirren, Edinburgh Kings bounced back to score a triple home success at Portobello on Saturday, beating Glasgow Storm 74-53 in the senior game, Glasgow Rens 78-42 in the junior game and the cadets beat Glasgow City 88-52, the latter also a warm-up for the Scottish Cadet Cup final against St Mirren at Paisley on Saturday.

Simon Flockhart re-found his scoring touch with 16 points, Audrius Ciapas adding 14 and cadet coach Steven Dickson ten as Kings cruised from a 43-24 half-time lead.

“We burst open the game in the second half of the second quarter, and with a much better defensive performance that was it,” said coach Doug Reilly.

Polonia Phoenix are celebrating back-to-back wins after travelling to Falkirk to beat Fury 49-38.

With their juniors also beating Fury 39-32 it was a much better weekend for the Capital side.