Simon Flockhart’s Falkirk start

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Edinburgh Kings stalwart Simon Flockhart has switched clubs for the start of the new Scottish basketball season.

And he helped his new side champions Falkirk Fury maintain a two-year-old unbeaten home record at the Mariner Centre at the weekend.

The 6ft 8in veteran Scottish international centre had a “double double”, scoring 16 points and hauling down 12 rebounds as Fury just held off Glasgow Storm 68-65.

Storm guard Kyle Haldane, the game’s top scorer with 31 points, had a shot to tie the scores and take the game into overtime but just missed.

Flockhart’s move is not entirely unexpected as his wife Kim plays for Fury women, his father-in-law John Bunyan senior coaches Fury men and his brother-in-law Keith is still playing for them.

“It was a tough decision after winning so many honours with the Kings but I felt it was the right time for a change,” explained Flockhart, who began his career as a junior with Kings then had a spell with Dalkeith Saints when he was coached by former Scotland and Rocks legend Iain Maclean, who is again coaching Glasgow Storm this season.

Glasgow Rocks overwhelmed Boroughmuir Blaze 116-53 in a pre-season friendly at the Crags Sports Centre on Saturday.

Blaze point guard Eoghan Dover scored with 18 points including three three-pointers, and Tomas Cicenas led the home resistance with 16. Will Hall recorded 27 for Rocks and Scotland and GB star Kieran Achara, the Rocks captain, scored 17.