Basketball: Edinburgh University up to second

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There are now three Capital teams in the top four of the Scottish Basketball League.

While Edinburgh Kings enjoyed a revenge 74-68 win over Boroughmuir Blaze at the Crags on Saturday, Edinburgh University took advantage of a double date weekend to climb above both of them into second place behind Falkirk Fury.

The students beat Stirling Knights 85-61 on Friday night, thanks to a strong second half, and, at the Pleasance yesterday, beat Glasgow Rocks 68-53.

EU have played 14 and won 11 for 25 points while Blaze have played 13 and won ten for 23 points. Kings have played 14 and won nine for 23. St Mirren have slipped to fifth and have played 13 and won ten for 23 points.

Kings coach Doug Reilly could thank a clutch of younger players for the success over Blaze with Kyle Jiminez breaking the game open with two successive three-pointers in the second half and Findlay Wood giving the visitors a double-figure lead which Blaze could only partially reduce in the closing minutes.

Paddy Campbell led Kings with 21 points, Craig Reilly adding 15 and Garreth Lodge 11, while Tomas Cicenas had 18 and Eoghann Dover and Edgars Damlics both scored 16 for Blaze. “We led from start to finish,” said coach Reilly. “With a few free throws missed in the last couple of minutes it made it a slightly more nervous finish than we’d have wanted.”

Kings, who edged the students by one point in their first clash at Portobello last year, are due to play EU away on St Valentine’s Day but before that EU play Blaze at the Pleasance a week on Saturday.

Yesterday Estonian Gert Marisalu scored 16 and Ben Warrington 12 for EU with defender Rodger Watt a massive block and several rebounds. Rocks led 14-8 after the first quarter and 37-36 at half-time and only in the final quarter did EU exert control.

Against Knights Chris Evans top-scored with 21 points and Marisalu added 19.

• City of Edinburgh women’s local league team, are through to the semi-finals of the Scottish Chairman’s Cup after narrowly defeating Grampian Grizzlies on Saturday.