Blaze ready to hold back Fury

Roni Gordon. ''Picture: Robert Perry
Roni Gordon. ''Picture: Robert Perry
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Boroughmuir Blaze put their season’s unbeaten record on the line when they travel to the toughest away venue in the country to challenge table-toppers Falkirk Fury in the Scottish League at the Mariner Sports Centre tonight (8pm).

Champions Fury have won six games in a row and Blaze four but Blaze have already shown they are now serious contenders for honours by beating Fury’s usual close rivals Edinburgh Kings, whom Fury have yet to meet.

“We can’t wait – it’s going to be a great test,” said Blaze coach Simon Turner who has successfully brought in several of the club’s promising juniors this season including 17-year-old Malcolm Winning, who top-scored with 17 points in their recent Scottish Cup win over Troon Tornadoes. “We hope to have captain Rob Jansson back to reasonable fitness too,” added Turner.

Fury’s twin towers, the 6ft 10in centres Roni Gordon and Stu MacKay, may be the biggest threat to Blaze who, in addition to skipper Rob Jansson, have the very promising young centre Yannick Onifade, who has had two successive “double doubles”, scoring 14 points and taking 13 rebounds against Troon.

The point guard clash could be tasty too wth Rocks and Scotland ball-handler Jonny Bunyan facing fellow Scotland cap John Browne and Eoghann Dover, the latter also having had BBL experience while playing for Worcester Wolves.

Edinburgh Kings are without a game this weekend though their Lothian League side are through to the quarter-finals of the Scottish Chairman’s Cup with a 51-26 win over Pleasance at Portobello.

Pleasance Panthers host Highland Bears at Dalkeith High tomorrow (3pm) while West Lothian Wolves play Glasgow Eagles at Bathgate at 12.15pm.