Of the four Edinburgh clubs in the top division of the Scottish Men’s Basketball League, only 2016 champions Boroughmuir Blaze came away with a win on the opening weekend of the new season.
Blaze sent out a clear message that they want their title back by blitzing newly-promoted Pleasance Basketball Club 93-53 in the season curtain-raiser at The Crags Centre. Captain Eoghann Dover top-scored with 24 points and Sam Stott added 19, while coach Simon Turner was equally pleased to see 16-year-old Jordan Burke make an assured senior debut.
Another gifted teenager, Kyle Jimenez, was very much to the fore as City of Edinburgh Kings slipped to a shock 76-66 defeat to Dunfermline Reign at Portobello High School. Despite a game-high 24 points from Jimenez, Kings trailed 44-26 at half-time and were unable to recover the deficit in the closing ten minutes. Tonight’s friendly with a USA Select now takes on added importance as Kings seek to rebuild their battered confidence.
There was further bad news for them on Friday evening when Jordan Scott of the Kings B team was taken to hospital after injuring his ankle during the 92-85 Division Two loss at Perth Phoenix. Scans revealed ligament damage, and although he went home on crutches, he should be back playing soon.
Edinburgh University looked certain to start the season with a win when they led Stirling Knights 35-21 at half-time at St Leonard’s on Sunday afternoon. Cory McCabe’s side then turned the game on its head, outscoring the students by 26 points in the third quarter and holding their advantage through to the buzzer for an 80-68 victory.
Reigning champions Falkirk Fury showed that they remain the team to beat after thrashing Glasgow University 83-34.