Basketball: Capital clubs come to the fore

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While Boroughmuir Blaze continued to consolidate their challenge for the Scottish League title by beating Troon Tornadoes 82-66, four other Capital sides enjoyed wins as they prepare for the Scottish Cup semi-finals this weekend.

Edinburgh Kings, who will have the tough task of challenging the holders Falkirk Fury at the Mariner Sports Centre on Saturday for a place in the final, travelled to Broughty Ferry to beat Tayside Musketeers 60-42 despite having only six players.

Paddy Campbell had another fine game, top-scoring with 21 points.

Edinburgh University, who face St Mirren in the other men’s semi at the Crags Sports Centre on Saturday as there is no court available at the university due to exams, found hosts Glasgow University a handful in the first half at the Stevenson Building before winning 84-63.

Jac St John scored 24 points, Davey Rowan 16, including four three-pointers, Chris Evans 14 and Ben Warrington 12 for Edinburgh, while former Kings junior Calum Nicol had 16 for Glasgow.

Edinburgh University women repeated their cup semi-final win over St Mirren 68-58 in the league away at Paisley, while Edinburgh Kool Kats had a 66-52 home league win over Glasgow Rocks at Portobello High on Saturday. However, Kats still have to travel to Cumbernauld on Sunday to play the Rocks again in the Scottish Cup semi to earn the right to face Edinburgh University.

Leanne Paige was in outstanding form for Kats, top-scoring with 26 points, Hannah Peacock adding 20 and Emma Findlay 12 while Erin Gilbride replied with 17.

Blaze centre Yannick Onifade hauled down a huge 17 rebounds and completed a “double double” by scoring 12 points against Troon at the Crags on Saturday, while young Sam Stott drew praise from coach Simon Turner for his defence, as well as scoring nine points and taking four rebounds.

“He earned his extra playing time and the team effort was outstanding with five players scoring in double figures,” he said. With just one loss, his side are now the nearest challengers to unbeaten champions Falkirk, who defeated St Mirren 92-72 in their top-of-the table clash at Paisley’s Lagoon Centre.