Falkirk furious with tip-off time against Blaze tonight

Picture: Michael Gillen
Picture: Michael Gillen
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Basketball table-toppers Boroughmuir Blaze face Scottish League champions Falkirk Fury at the Crags Sports Centre tonight boosted by a 92-76 away win over St Mirren in Paisley

Fury are unhappy that the game is being played midweek, and with a late tip-off as well (8.50pm), as coach John Bunyan said: “We have players who have to go to work the next day and will not get home till well after midnight.”

Blaze are a team in top form with a number of shooting options. Against Saints, Scotland guard John Browne stepped up with his best display of the season to score 27 points and, with stalwart Lithuanian Tomas Cicenas again top with 34 points, there was no way back for the normally high-scoring Paisley side, even though they contained another Scotland guard Eoghann Dover to five points.

“Our high tempo and our willingness to share the ball was the feature of the win,” said Blaze coach Simon Turner who praised Sean Nealon for his 10 points. “That gave us a huge lift in the second quarter,” he said.

Chris Cleary had 21 and Nick Collins 20 for Saints, who led 44-39 at half-time.

Blaze have seven wins from eight games while Edinburgh University, also on one defeat, are third behind Glasgow University after beating Dunfermline Reign 84-54 away.

Brendan Mullan led the EU scoring with 14 points, including three three-pointers, Jac St John added 13, Ben Warrington 12 and Rodger Watt 10.

Edinburgh Kings stumbled to their fifth league defeat of the season when they lost 88-65 away to Glasgow University at the Stevenson Building. The game had to be switched before half-time from the new Games Hall to the old gym because of the dangerous state of the floor.

BasketballScotland competition manager Graham Shaw, who was also one of the referees, declared the floor unplayable after several players slipped and fell and a division two game due to be played the following day was immediately postponed.

The problem appears to be the slippery material used for the lines but until it is rectified no further national league games will be sanctioned.

Glasgow went on to record their sixth win in seven league outings, led by Ferran Valle with 23 points, and Chris De Souza with 16.

Edinburgh compounded their own misery by having two players sent from the hall, Craig Reilly and Sean Hume, and it was left to their veteran Scottish cap Paddy Campbell to salvage some pride with 15 points and a spirited display from a trio of juniors.

Unbeaten Edinburgh University women were given a fright away to St Andrews University where they were taken to overtime before prevailing 82-70 after the scores were tied 66-66.