Basketball: Boroughmuir Blaze’s women debut with win

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The new Boroughmuir Blaze senior women’s team, steered by Edinburgh Lions’ Spanish coach Hero Munoz, deservedly beat Glasgow University women 67-48 after a nervous start in the match deemed by BasketballScotland as a qualifier for the new season’s Scottish League.

The students, with only seven on the bench and short of their two biggest post players, led 13-4 after the first quarter, but tired noticeably against the all-court pressure of Blaze.

Once Catherine Miller hit her first outside shot Blaze relaxed, took the lead with under two minutes left of the first half and went on to dominate the second half. Portuguese captain Pauline Carvalho top-scored with 20 points, while Miller hit 17 and Shannon Purves had 14 points.

The Scottish junior men’s side went down 73-62 to Bulgaria yesterday in their latest game of the European Under-18 Championships in Austria.

Sam Stott, with 10 points, 12 rebounds and four steals, had easily his best game so far, while his club-mate Brendan Mullin had 11 points, seven rebounds and three steals.

Troon’s Ewan Lancaster scored 14 points and 11 rebounds, but a poor third quarter from Scotland – which they lost 21-12 – cost them their third victory of this exhausting two-week long tournament.