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Coach Craig Nicol’s namesake Calum Nicol and fellow teenager Kyle Jimenez made the difference as an under-strength City of Edinburgh Kings posted their first win of the new Scottish basketball season at The Peak in Stirling.

The Kings had lost their opening game at home to Dunfermline, while Stirling Knights won at Edinburgh University, and the Capital outfit had also been beaten on their previous visit to The Peak.

Niggling injuries hindered their chances of reversing that result, but Nicol and Jimenez were both outstanding as the visitors won 70-57. Nicol top-scored with 24 points, while Jimenez added 15 to the 24 he bagged against Dunfermline.

“We’re still not at full strength yet, but I felt we were reasonably comfortable,” said coach Nicol. “A couple of the young guys stepped up to the plate and did well for us. Calum scored 24 points and Kyle has a bright future too. He left to go down south, but we’ve just got him back. He’s very good both offensively and defensively, especially for his age.

“It was a solid enough performance to win the game, but we have a week off now before we play St Mirren next Friday, so we need to get some good training in and get some of the injured guys back.”

2016 champions Boroughmuir Blaze were hoping to make it two wins out of two at Glasgow University on Saturday afternoon, but that fixture has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 26. Blaze instead arranged a friendly in Lancashire, where they went down by 21 points to English Division One champions Manchester Magic. They have another bounce match on Wednesday against BBL pro team Glasgow Rocks before welcoming Glasgow Storm to the Crags Centre on league business on Friday.

The Scottish women’s season got underway at Bathgate Academy on Sunday, and reigning champions City of Edinburgh Kings could hardly have made a better start, crushing West Lothian Wolves 123-30.