Basketball: Blaze eye glory against Glasgow Uni

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BOROUGHMUIR BLAZE will look to strengthen their Scottish Basketball League title challenge when they host the last remaining unbeaten team, Glasgow University, at the Crags Sports Centre tomorrow (1.20pm).

Having deservedly ended the unbeaten record of city rivals Edinburgh University at the Pleasance last Sunday – after a shock defeat at home to Tayside the previous day – Blaze are taking nothing for granted.

Coach Simon Turner warned: “Glasgow University have been the standout team in the league this season and this game will be a great test of our mental preparation.”

Glasgow will be well aware of the sharp-shooting ability of Eoghann Dover, Tomas Cicenas and John Browne but less familiar with first year senior Sam Stott, who led with 21 points v EU, a display which will not have been lost on Glasgow coach Josh Tackie.

Edinburgh University, who, though their starters are strong, do not appear to have the same riches on their bench as in previous seasons, will need to regroup against a competitive Glasgow Storm at the Pleasance on Sunday (11.20am).

Storm only lost by 10 to GU last Saturday and their coach Iain Maclean will be keen to cause another upset.

Still buzzing from their enthralling midweek BUCS encounter with Durham, EU women follow the men on Sunday (1.20pm) with a Scottish League game against reviving Polonia Phoenix, who themselves had an overtime thriller with St Andrews University at Holyrood High last Saturday before going down 73-70.

EU went basket to basket with powerful Durham in the BUCS Northern Premier Division before being beaten 70-68, the visitors scoring two free throws two seconds from time.

Erin McDonnell had a huge 32 points for EU, with four from five from three-point range, Dori Lansbach adding 19 and Hannah Peacock 13 rebounds.

“We just had too many turnovers,” said coach Bart Sengars.