Edinburgh ‘couldn’t buy a basket’ in loss to Glasgow

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It was a bleak weekend for the Capital men’s clubs in the Scottish Basketball League with Edinburgh University going down heavily 66-41 at home to their close student rivals Glasgow at the Pleasance.

Edinburgh Kings also lost 85-68 to St Mirren at Portobello High School.

But both Edinburgh University and Edinburgh Kool Kats won their Scottish Women’s League games, EU beating St Mirren 77-34 in Paisley to maintain their unbeaten record and Kats overwhelming league rookies Boroughmuir Blaze 81-51 at home after a bright start by Blaze.

Edinburgh University men lost to Glasgow for the first time since both entered “open” competition and it was a former Kings junior Calum Nicol who was the hero for GU, playing superbly in defence, though he did not score a single point.

Nicol had 13 rebounds, four blocks and four steals and kept the normally deadly Edinburgh centre Jac St John well shackled.

Spanish point guard Ferran Valle marked his final game for GU, before returning to Barcelona, with 25 points and five assists while Ifedade Thomas scored 14 points and Chris de Sousa 12 for the visitors.

“That’s the best we’ve played since I’ve been coaching them,” said GU coach Josh Tackie, whose hard-working team were just 23-22 up at half-time but broke out to lead 44-35 at the end of the third quarter and took the final 10 minutes 22-6.

Edinburgh coach Danny Costello was at a loss to know why his team, including both US sharp-shooters Ron Adrian and Chris Evans, shot so poorly: “We couldn’t buy a basket,” he said.

Glasgow and Boroughmuir Blaze are now on one defeat each at the top of the table while EU drop back to two defeats alongside St Mirren.

But at least GU will be without Ferran Valle for the league return with EU later in the season and maybe next month’s Scottish cup-semi as well