Weakened Blaze find spark to give St Mirren a fright

Kool Kats beat Falkirk Fury
Kool Kats beat Falkirk Fury
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Boroughmuir Blaze bounced back from their comprehensive Scottish Basketball Cup defeat at the hands of city rivals Edinburgh Kings to very nearly snatch a shock away league win over St Mirren in Paisley at the weekend.

Blaze were without their two most experienced players, Rob Jansson and Laurie Costello, both injured against Kings, though Costello actually warmed up at the Lagoon Centre before deciding against playing.

Despite that, they did not lack spark and with Eoghann Dover and Michael McGregor making four steals each, the sides were still tied 36-36 at half-time.

They had more hard luck when young centre Yannick Onifade departed the game with a cut below an eye.

In the end, the brilliance of Scotland centre Nic Collins sealed a 79-77 home victory, Collins scoring 33 points.

Unsurprisingly, Kings and Kool Kats cruised to easy wins over the bottom clubs in their leagues.

Kings beat Dunfermline Reign 82-46 at Portobello with another strong defensive opening quarter of 27-6, allowing coach Doug Reilly to run his bench and give all 12 players court time before the turnaround.

Matt Kruczynski top-scored with 15, Garreth Lodge adding 11 and Audrius Ciapas ten, while Ali Horne had ten for winless Reign.

Kings won the junior game 93-74 but unbeaten Reign won a lively cadet game 86-79.

Kool Kats also played strong defence to lead Falkirk Fury 34-10 at half-time and went on to win 64-25, led by Tracey Phillips with ten, Leanne Paige nine and Hannah Peacock and Lauren Walker both with eight.

“We shot poorly but our defence was good again,” commented Walker.

The junior women’s game was a lot closer, Kats winning 61-53.