Basketball: Damlics returns to help out Blaze

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Latvian guard Edgars Damlics will return north to help out Boroughmuir Blaze in tomorrow’s vital Scottish Basketball League clash against Edinburgh University at the Crags Sports Centre (11.20am).

Damlics has been one of the mainstays of the Blaze rotational attack which has seen off almost all opposition this season, but he recently took a job in Birmingham.

Both teams are on two defeats, one behind league leaders Glasgow University, who should retain their lead by beating bottom club Ayrshire Tornadoes at home tomorrow (3.30pm).

Blaze captain Eoghann Dover said: “They’ve a really good starting five and are in good form but we’re hoping for a lot of help from Sam Stott, Sean Nealon and our other bench players and Ed will add to our depth.

“We’re obviously disappointed with our last two results but confident we can find our form again.”

Coach Simon Turner added: “How we collaborate and make plays for each other will be critical against a team as disciplined as EU. We really enjoy playing them and anticipate a great battle.”

Edinburgh Uni had a remarkable double victory over St Mirren last weekend and coach Danny Costello will be keen not to let Blaze repeat their 73-58 victory of earlier in the season when junior cap Stott was the secret weapon.

Edinburgh Kings confront champions Falkirk Fury in their den at the Mariner Sports Centre tonight (8pm) and on recent form may inflict a damaging fourth league defeat on them.

Blaze women host unbeaten Edinburgh University at the Crags tomorrow (5.15pm), the students delighted by the return of British junior cap Hilary Wood, who had anterior cruciate ligament knee surgery in Canada last winter and played against Durham in a close midweek defeat.