Students put Muskateers and Phoenix to the sword

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Edinburgh University pulled off a significant Scottish Basketball National League double yesterday with their men romping to an 88-40 win over Tayside Musketeers at the Pleasance while the women beat Polonia Phoenix at Holyrood High School by 64-55.

EU men hit 19 three-pointers, nine in the first half and ten in the second, with Davey Rowan converting seven for a 21 point top-scoring tally as they shocked their visitors and fellow league newcomers.

Though without any threes, Jac St John was next with 15 points and coach Danny Costello praised the Londoner who had flown back from Wales especially for the game.

Andreas Panntziaros with 14 points (four threes), Chris Evans with 12 (three threes), Yannis Papachristo with nine (three threes) and Victor Garcia with six ( two threes) all chipped in.

“What a shooting performance that was,” said Costello, whose team could be title contenders on this form.

EU women were down 25-22 at half-time to Polonia and worse was to come as they lost key player, American Sheila Dixon, after five fouls with more than four minutes to play.

But though Polonia pressed they could not reduce the gap. “We had to work much harder for it this time,” said coach Bart Sengers.

Former Polonia player Beth Mackie led the students with 18 points, Dixon had 17 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, and Sarah King 14 points.

Edinburgh Kings found champions Falkirk Fury still too strong at the Mariner Sports Centre where Scotland guard Jonny Bunyan returned from two games for the Glasgow Rocks to score 15 points. But it was Greek student Greg Foussas who made the most impression with 28 points, Keith Bunyan adding 21.

Craig Reilly and Garreth Lodge each had 21 for Kings who won the last quarter 29-18 to make the final score of 80-70 to Fury more respectable.

Boroughmuir Blaze, helped by a splendid 27 points from French student Thibault Boeckler, defeated Dunfermline Reign 72-64 at the Crags Sports Centre on Saturday. Eoghann Dover added 16 and Edgars Damlics 12. Kings juniors and cadets both won away against Tayside, the juniors hitting 15 threes in their 78-55 victory.

New national league team Gracemount Panthers lost 88-4 after being 57-2 down at half-time away to Granite City Grizzlies in the Scottish Women’s Cup at Aberdeen.