Basketball: Edinburgh Uni remain on course for promotion

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Edinburgh University beat Glasgow University 57-49 in the Scottish Universities Conference of the British Universities Championship at the Emirates Arena to give themselves a great chance of regaining promotion to the Northern Premier Division next season.

Still unbeaten, Edinburgh will go into the return game on their home court at the Pleasance with a useful eight-point advantage should it come down to aggregate scores to decide the title.

That is, of course, provided they do not lose to anyone else.

Ironically, the lead could have been more, as at one stage Edinburgh enjoyed a 20-point advantage after going on a 16-0 run after half-time. Although coach Danny Costello lamented the needless loss of five points near the end, he acknowledged that overall it was a good result: “If you’d offered us an eight-point win beforehand I’m sure we’d have taken it,” he said.

Superb defence was the key to the success with the home side able to score only seven points in the opening ten minutes.

But Glasgow fought back to 26-26 and were just four down at half-time (26-30).

A decisive 16-6 third quarter put Edinburgh firmly in control, with captain Michael Kirkpatrick hitting four three-pointers in the second half for a 14-point tally, topped by Estonian Gert Marisalu, who had 16.