The new Scottish basketball season could scarcely have a busier and tougher start for City of Edinburgh.
The club stage another ‘super Saturday’ at Portobello High School tomorrow when they face five home games against Falkirk Fury and then switch to Holyrood High School on Sunday when they host another three home games.
The City’s furious “hoopsfest” actually tips off at Bathgate Academy at 10am tomorrow when the new cadet men’s side tips off against Fury in the national under-16 third division.
Pick of the day, however, is the Kings senior men’s clash with the champions Falkirk Fury who so nearly lost a two-season unbeaten home record at the Mariner Centre last weekend when they only squeezed home 78-75 against Glasgow Storm in their opener.
Fury expect to have guards Scott Russell and Bryan Munnoch back for tomorrow night’s clash which rounds off the action at 7pm.
Also in the Fury side will be ex-Kings favourite Simon Flockhart, who predicts a “cracking game as I return to my old club for the first time”.
Flockhart comes in to replace GB cap Ali Fraser who has signed for an Italian division three side.
Without their big man Kings may well be at a height disadvantage but coach Doug Reilly is undismayed: “I’m looking forward to playing small ball,” he joked.
Pete Lyons returns to point duty of a different kind after a spell with the police and Edinburgh University student Cameron O’Donnell has signed from Stirling Knights after showing promise with the Scotland junior team at Eurobasket.
Reilly is also looking to Kings junior caps Kyle Jimenez and Konrad Kontarski to “make big strides” this season.
Another former Kings and Fury giant, Roni Gordon, has signed for Stirling Knights and will line up against Kings B at Holyrood High on Sunday at 5pm.
“It was great to get playing again – I hadn’t shot a ball for 12 months,” said the 6ft 10in Gordon, who had 38 minutes court time in Knights’ 71-65 home win over Boroughmuir Blaze B last weekend.
Scottish women’s champions Edinburgh Kool Kats open their season at home to Fury at Portobello on Sunday at noon while city rivals Polonia Phoenix play Tayside Musketeers at Holyrood High School tomorrow (3pm) still without a coach.
Highly experienced Scotland centre Les Jackson however will make a playing comeback alongside her daughter Keri.