Edinburgh University followed up their recent victory over St Mirren to claim another significant scalp when they beat Boroughmuir Blaze 67-47 at home in the Scottish Basketball League.
The win at St Leonards Sports Hall saw the students consolidate their position in second place behind unbeaten leaders Falkirk Fury, 88-57 winners over Troon Tornadoes.
“I’m delighted with our defence to keep a team like Blaze, who have averaged 75 points a game, to 47 points,” said EU coach Danny Costello, whose team took the second quarter 24-14 to lead 37-30 at half-time and the third 19-5 to kill off the game.
Canadian guard Chris Evans claimed 16 points including four three-pointers and Gert Marisalu added 18 while Scottish volleyball star Jamie McHardy gave his best display so far in matching Jac St John with eight.
Top for Blaze, who were unlucky to lose Tomas Cicenas early in the game with a leg injury, were Eoghann Dover, John Browne and Michael McGregor, all with seven points.
Third in the table are St Mirren, who have played a game fewer, and fourth Edinburgh Kings, who came from nine points down at half-time to defeat Dunfermline Reign 73-60 at Dunfermline, helped by the return of Scottish international guard Lee Reilly.
Kings next host EU at Portobello High on Saturday morning (11.15am).
Blaze, who also have a game in hand, are now fifth and also lost both junior and cadet games to Kings on a dismal day for the Capital club.
Kings took the junior game 72-56 at Portobello, helped by some fine play from point guard Findlay Wood, and the cadet game 71-53.
Edinburgh Kool Kats proved too strong for Polonia Phoenix, winning the women’s city derby 72-43 at Holyrood High yesterday while their Scottish Cup final conquerors Edinburgh University came from behind to defeat Falkirk Fury 58-39 at St Leonards on Saturday.