Basketball: Blaze set for league runners-up spot

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Boroughmuir Blaze basketball are now poised to capture the runners-up spot in the Scottish National League thanks to a decisive 68-56 home win over Edinburgh University at the Crags Sports Centre.

The powerful trio of Tomas Cicenas with 20 points, Eoghann Dover with 16 and John Browne with 11 were just too much for an EU side who missed their Estonian forward Gert Marisalu and who were forced into 28 turn-overs by the sharp-shooting Blaze.

Blaze have one more box to tick however and that is to defeat Troon Tornadoes in the ill-fated fixture called off last Saturday because there was no one to open the games hall at Ayr’s Belmont Academy.

Though no blame can be attached to Blaze, there were some who argued yesterday that to replay the game next Tuesday at the Crags and not on Troon’s home court was a breach of rules and gives an unfair advantage to Blaze.

Edinburgh Uni, who tripped up to Tornadoes on their recent away game with Troon, could also be said to be disadvantaged. But on this week’s form few would bet against Blaze wherever the game is played.

EU led 17-9 after the first quarter before Blaze took the second 10-9. EU were 36-26 up with six minutes left of the third before Blaze scored 12 with Thibault Boeckler and Liam McCabe also on target. Only Chris Evans with two more threes in a 24-point tally was able to reply for EU who, if they beat Glasgow Storm on Saturday, can finish fourth at best.