Basketball: Edinburgh Uni storm to away victory

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Edinburgh University completed their Scottish Basketball League regular season fixtures with a 60-39 away win over Glasgow Storm on Saturday.

The Capital side had Estonian Gert Marisalu back in their line-up after missing the Blaze game last week and he duly obliged with 13 points, but it was Jac St John who finished top scorer with 18. Ben Warrington and Chris Evans managing eight each.

Despite the win, Edinburgh Uni will still finish only fourth in the table if Boroughmuir Blaze beat Troon Tornadoes in their last game at the Crags tomorrow night (8.20pm).

Troon coach Donald Sampley revealed after Saturday’s 81-71 defeat to Glasgow University that they had no choice but to replay what should have been their home fixture at Boroughmuir’s home venue as Belmont Academy was not available. Sampley, the American entrepreneur who has been trying to introduce a new British Basketball League franchise to the East of Scotland, will be hoping that Scottish international point guard Ifedade Thomas will arrive earlier tomorrow than he managed on Saturday when he turned up at half-time after being delayed in traffic.

Glasgow University’s victory saw them finish sixth after champions Falkirk Fury had beaten them 85-62 to go through all their fixtures unbeaten.

Boroughmuir Blaze are celebrating both junior and cadet men’s sides reaching the national play-off finals, with the juniors trouncing Falkirk Fury 71-46 and the cadets beating local rivals Edinburgh Kings 75-51 in a repeat of their Scottish Cup final.

Kings, however, are through to the junior final after a narrow 72-68 win over Perth Phoenix.