Basketball preview: Kings fired up for Blaze

Simon Flockhart
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Edinburgh Kings’ near-veteran centre Simon Flockhart is confident his side can turn the tables on Boroughmuir Blaze when the Portobello outfit head to the Crags Sports Centre to play their local rivals in the Scottish League tomorrow (5.20pm).

Blaze won at Kings last year and have continued to turn on high-tempo displays which have taken them to second spot in the table behind unbeaten Falkirk Fury, including a close contest with the champions at Falkirk last Friday night.

But Flockhart believes fourth-placed Kings are back to form despite their own recent losses to Fury in both Scottish Cup and League. He said: “We were lacking in certain areas earlier in the season but we are on a decent run of form now and got back to winning ways over Troon last weekend.

“We have a good mix of youth and experience.”

Blaze coach Simon Turner said: “It’s a big test of our progress but we’ve bounced back from the loss to Fury and have made some tactical adjustments.”

With Fury unlikely to slip up away to Tayside Musketeers at Grove Academy tomorrow and St Mirren favourites to beat Dunfermline Reign at the Lagoon Centre tonight (8.15pm) the Capital sides will be jostling for the Play-Off positions this weekend.

Fifth-placed Edinburgh University are also in the mix after beating Saints last weekend and, with two winnable games this weekend – away to Stirling Knights at the Peak Centre tonight (8pm) and at home at the Pleasance to Glasgow Rocks on Sunday (1.50pm), could move strongly into the reckoning.

Edinburgh University women will have much to think about after losing 59-38 to Edinburgh Kool Kats in their Scottish League match, which was also a dress rehearsal for the Scottish Cup final at Paisley on Sunday week.

Down 37-13 at half-time, they never really threatened. Emma Findlay delivered two three-pointers to add to the two she bagged in the first half for a total of 14 points and, with Tracey Phillips (15), Hannah Peacock (13) and Leanne Page (12) all in double figures, unbeaten Kats were in cruise control.

EU host Glasgow Rocks on Sunday (1.50pm).