Jacques shines as Edinburgh University beat Rocks

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Edinburgh University snapped their two-game losing run to reach the quarter-finals of the Scottish Men’s Basketball Cup with a 75-60 win at Glasgow Rocks.

Rocks welcomed back Lithuanian centre Justinas Mamaitis, which made a big difference to their line-up but the Capital students finished strongly – outscoring their hosts 24-9 in the final quarter – to reach the last eight.

Power forward Jacques Saint Jean made a huge contribution with 31 points and drew praise from head coach Danny Costello.

“After a dry first quarter, Jacques lit up our challenge,” he stated.

Chris Evans scored 16 points and point guard Davy Rowan 11 with Scotland volleyball international Jamie McHardy and Andreas Pantziaros both scoring seven.

Edinburgh University led by just one point at the half, 34-33, and it was all square at 51-51 at the end of the final quarter before the students’ late surge.

Mamaitis was top scorer for Rocks with 16 points but the University’s offence and defence clicked in the last quarter.

Boroughmuir Blaze also booked their quarter-final place as they saw off Glasgow Storm at the Crags 78-49.

Storm had nothing to lose after going down to Blaze by 21 points on the same court last week, but the hosts dealt with the challenge well and there was never any doubt about the outcome, this time winning even more handsomely.

Dunfermline Reign hit three three-pointers in the final quarter in their tie at Tayside Musketeers – but it was not enough to prevent them going out 72-64.

Muskies led by 11 points at the end of the third quarter, but Reign just came up short in a tight local derby, even though they won the last quarter 17-14.

“Given it was a local derby in Tayside and Fife with a lot of pride at stake, the game was very scrappy in spells,” admitted Muskies head coach John Anton. “We came out slightly better in these spells, which really was the difference in a tight game from start to finish.”

Reign’s Callum O’Donnell was top scorer with 20 points.

In the women’s Scottish League, Kool Kats made it two wins out of two when they beat local rivals Polonia Phoenix 57-45.

Edinburgh University sit a point above Kool Kats in the table in third place, having played a game more, after a convincing 71-50 win at Falkirk Fury.

Tayside Musketeers lead the table after a crushing 126-15 win over Gracemount Panthers.