Coach Danny Costello hailed his team’s “heroic defence and superb teamwork” after Edinburgh University demolished Scottish basketball champions Falkirk Fury 84-57 in one of the biggest upsets for many seasons at the Pleasance on Saturday.
It was Fury’s first league defeat for well over two years and it was as comprehensive as the score suggests, the lead having stretched to 30 points despite last year’s EU captain Ben Warringon sitting out in foul trouble.
EU owed much to the their new shooting guard New Yorker Ron Adrian, who has replaced the now departed Chris Evans, scoring 32 points including eight three-pointers, yet played hard defence.
He was well supported with 13 points each by Jac St John and Davy Rowan, the former hauling down some superb rebounds and the latter making some vital steals as well as bagging two threes.
But there was also an encouraging debut from Brendan Mullan (7pts) and useful stints from Roger Watt (8) and Jake Warrington (4).
Crucially, despite their disrupted training in the run-up to the game, the students were able to get some vital defensive stops to prevent the highly experienced trio of Keith Bunyan (13 points including 3 x 3pts), Scott Russell (12 pts ) and Greg Foussas doing too much damage, though they briefly threatened with a run of 8-0 just before half-time when EU led 40-25.
Edinburgh Kings, who had run Fury close at Portobello in their opening game, snatched their first win 68-67 away to Tayside Musketeers at Grove Academy.
“It certainly was a cliff-hanger,” said coach Doug Reilly. “We included four juniors and it was 38-38 at half-time – we were five down with three minutes to go.”
Craig Reilly was top scorer with 27.