City of Edinburgh Kings head coach Craig Nicol is wary of Stirling’s scoring power ahead of tonight’s Scottish Basketball League clash at The Peak.
The Knights racked up 34 points in the third quarter on their way to beating Edinburgh University last weekend, and Nicol noted: “I know a lot of the Stirling players because I’ve coached quite a few of them over the years, and they have a lot of guys who can score points very quickly.
“It’s something we need to be aware of, and we’re also well aware that we lost on our last visit there last year.”
Edinburgh’s own season began with a surprise 76-66 home defeat by Dunfermline Reign, despite 24 points from teenager Kyle Jimenez, and Nicol admitted: “We didn’t start too well, but we were missing a couple of players, so hopefully we’ll be stronger on Friday night. We also played a US Select on Tuesday (losing by seven points) and we hope that extra match will help us too.”
2016 champions Boroughmuir Blaze opened their campaign last Thursday night with a 40-point home victory over newly-promoted Pleasance Basketball Club, and Blaze will be eyeing another big win tomorrow afternoon when they travel to Glasgow University. They will also be keen to measure their form against that of reigning champions Falkirk Fury, who thrashed the students 83-34 last week.
Pleasance and Edinburgh University complete this weekend’s men’s fixtures when they go head-to-head on Monday evening, with Forrester High School hosting its first-ever top flight game.
Both teams are looking to bounce back from opening defeats, and although Pleasance were not expected to beat Boroughmuir, Edinburgh University are still smarting after blowing a 14-point half-time lead in Stirling.
City of Edinburgh Kings begin the defence of their women’s league title when they play West Lothian Wolves in the opening fixture of the 2017-18 season at Bathgate Academy on Sunday afternoon.