Ahead by as many as 12 points in the first quarter and still only four down late in the final quarter, Boroughmuir Blaze will be kicking themselves that they let slip a chance of a first Scottish League victory over the unbeaten leaders Falkirk Fury.
Fury won 67-58 but not without revealing some frailty despite having Glasgow Rocks point guard Jonny Bunyan in their starting five.
In fact it was Greek student Greg Foussas who emerged as Fury’s man of the match. He top-scored with 17 points and made some decisive steals to foil the busy Blaze guards led by Eoghann Dover with 17 points and Edgars Damlics with 16. Jonny Bunyan added 16 and older brother Keith 15 for Fury.
Edinburgh University survived a late fright to score an 81-78 win over St Mirren at the Pleasance, a result which moves them closer to the top four and a play-off spot.
Having surrendered a big lead to the Paisley men in their Scottish Cup semi-final, EU appeared to be home and dry this time. They led by 23 points in the third after being 50-35 ahead at half-time and it was still 72-52 at the end of the quarter. But Saints showed no sign of throwing the towel in while EU were picking up fouls.
The home side were less secure with starting point guard Davie Rowan on the bench with four fouls and worse was to come when he resumed and fouled out.
With 3.46 left the lead was down to ten as St Mirren’s Colin Railley lined up a successful three-pointer. He did it again with a three and a two to cut the Uni’s lead to 80-78. Finally, Gert Merisalu hit one of two free throws with 8.8 seconds left and Saints could not set up a three to tie.
Jac St John scored a superb 24 for EU, Merisalu added 18, Evans 15 and Rowan 12 while Nick Collins also had 24 for Saints, Railley 20, Fraser Glass 19 and Dave Johnston 11.
Edinburgh Kings defeated Troon Tornadoes 58-44 in Ayrshire. Paddy Campbell scored 14 in what coach Doug Reilly described as “an all-round good team display.”
Edinburgh Kool Kats, led by Hannah Peacock with 26 and Leanne Page with 18, were too strong for Tayside Musketeers, winning 82-35, with all but the junior women also beating their Tayside visitors.