Basketball: Blaze regain their spark

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Just when it seemed their spark was fading Boroughmuir Blaze dug out another startling effort on their home court at the Crags Sports Centre to beat Edinburgh University 89-72 and tilt the Scottish League title race firmly back in their favour.

EU, convincing winners twice in one weekend over St Mirren, just could not cope with the defensive energy and high percentage shooting of their hosts, who in addition to the predicted offensive threat of their high octane pair Eoghan Dover and Tomas Cicenas, had a great display from their junior cap Sam Stott who scored 20 points including four three-pointers. That was just one fewer than Dover who had five threes in his 21.

Cicenas scored 15 but more than made up for that with his steals and offensive rebounding as did Matt Kruczynski who scored 10 and John Browne nine.

In total Blaze had 13 threes compared to four from EU who were outgunned in all departments by the end.

Jac St John led the students with 19, Ron Adrian added 15 including three threes, and Ben Warrington and Chris Evans both scored 14.

“We turned over the ball far too many times. Blaze got too many put-backs and their percentage shooting was far better than ours,” lamented EU coach Danny Costello, who must now lift his team for this weekend’s Scottish Cup semi-final v Glasgow University.

Top-of-the-table Glasgow, meanwhile, struggled to beat bottom club Ayrshire Tornadoes 76-75 at home.

The best individual performance of the weekend was Craig Reilly’s remarkable 37 points including eight threes for Edinburgh Kings, who just failed to catch Falkirk Fury at the Mariner Centre.

Fury won 93-90 helped by 30 points and six threes from Eddy Lagunus.