Basketball: Stella Fouraki shines on Caledonia Pride debut | Kings reign over students

Caledonia Pride’s youthful new team was thrown in at the deep end on the opening weekend of the Women’s British Basketball season.

Monday, 30th September 2019, 5:45 pm
Updated Wednesday, 2nd October 2019, 2:46 am

Back-to-back WBBL Trophy games at Essex University were a testing start, but the identity of their first opponents, league champions Sevenoaks Suns, made it an even more daunting task.

Pride lost that one 81-60 despite 18 points and ten rebounds from Greek summer signing Stella Fouraki and a scoring debut for 14-year-old Jenny Torrance.

The Edinburgh club was back on court less than 
24 hours later and this time 
fell 73-48 to Newcastle 

“Those were the first two times we played as a team, 
so actually I’m pleased with where we are at the moment,” said head coach Bart Sengers. “We have a lot of work to do and a long road ahead of us, but we are embracing that process. We’ll take the season step by step and see how we do.”

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In the Scottish men’s league, City of Edinburgh Kings defeated Glasgow University 73-54 after pulling away in the final quarter at Portobello High.

Boroughmuir Blaze lost 79-62 to joint leaders Falkirk Fury in Grangemouth, while Edinburgh Lions pushed St Mirren in Paisley before going down 74-65.

On a quiet weekend in the women’s championship, City of Edinburgh Kool Kats were still celebrating their 69-42 midweek win at Edinburgh University.