Free-scoring Boroughmuir Blaze head for Tayside Muskateers tomorrow knowing that victory will move them above St Mirren into second place in the Scottish Basketball League.
Blaze have only lost once in the league this season and are aiming to be the main challengers to leaders Falkirk Fury. But first they must take care of unfinished business, the Tayside game, which tips off at 3.20pm at Grove Academy, having originally been scheduled for much earlier in the season.
“We’re looking good for Saturday,” declared Blaze coach Simon Turner. “We’re looking forward to finishing a great year for the club with a good performance.”
Given that Muskies are in eighth place with only three wins, exactly the same as Dunfermline Reign, Blaze should win more comfortably than they did at home to them at the Crags recently. Turner added: “Sam Stott and Brendan Mullin will be featuring prominently with Sam ready to be in the first five for the first time.”
Reign climbed off the 12th and bottom spot last week with their surprise away win at Stirling Knights, another team in the danger zone. Reign coach James Steel was delighted: “That win kept us in the mix and the good news is we can improve.” All three of Reign’s wins have been away and tomorrow they play Glasgow Storm in Glasgow.
The unbeaten Scottish Women’s League and Cup champions Edinburgh Kool Kats are at Grove Academy on Sunday (3.20pm) for their last official game of the year. It is a trip Kats will not be particularly relishing, especially if Muskies can raise the decibel levels there to the same level as their junior women did last weekend to beat St Mirren in the Scottish Cup semi-final.
But with Leanne Page in such splendid form, adding another 24 last Sunday against Glasgow Rocks to the 26 she notched the previous weekend against the Rocks in the league, and Hannah Peacock scoring 16 and 20 respectively, Kats should still have plenty in hand.
Peacock’s tussle with Muskies’ centre Yhana Van Wees could be decisive while Muskies junior Hannah Robb scored 36 points and hauled down 18 rebounds as well as giving eight assists against St Mirren juniors in the Scottish Cup semi-final so could be another threat to the champions.