Boroughmuir BLAZE achieved arguably their best result since returning to basketball’s Scottish National League when they beat last season’s Scottish Cup winners and third-placed league finishers St Mirren 69-65 at the Crags Sports Centre on Saturday.
With only seven players on their bench and missing as many as six regulars, Blaze seemed easy meat for the visitors, who were looking to redeem their cup exit at Portobello two days previously at the hands of Edinburgh Kings, but instead crashed to a second Capital defeat and one which might have put a premature end to their season.
Meanwhile, at Portobello on Saturday, Troon Tornadoes came close to causing an upset at the expense of the Kings, who were without Edgars Rekis (wrist injury).
Kings won 72-62 but only took command to go on a 10-0 run when Troon’s Andy Pearson (24 pts) fouled out in the fourth quarter.
Simon Flockhart top-scored with 21, Lee Reilly adding 18. Ryan Neil had 30 points, Neil Rowan 17 and Gregor Gray 15 in Kings’ juniors 86-57 win over Tornadoes.
Polonia Phoenix scored a notable 57-48 away win over champions Glasgow Rocks in the Scottish Women’s League at Cumbernauld on Saturday, helped by an outstanding 18 points from Claire Paxton, 11 from Ali Mitchell and nine from Lynsey Campbell.
“The team put in a great defensive shift, limiting Rocks to just 27 points in the last three quarters,” said coach Stewart Harris, whose side trailed 18-21 after the first.
Edinburgh Kool Kats travelled to Aberdeen to reach the third round of the Scottish Cup with a 89-58 win over Granite City Grizzlies.
Scottish Cup: Men, second round: Edinburgh Kings 85 St Mirren 63.
Scottish League: Men: Falkirk Fury 100 Dunfermline Reign 57; Stirling Knights 74 Glasgow Storm 66; Glasgow Rocks 63 Glasgow University 72; Edinburgh Kings 72 Troon Tornadoes 62; Boroughmuir Blaze 69 St Mirren 65; junior: Highland Bears 63 Perth Phoenix 66; Tayside Musketeers 80 Glasgow Rens 59; Edinburgh Kings 86 Troon Tornadoes 57; Falkirk Fury 70 Dunfermline Reign 58; cadet: Highland Bears 83 Perth Phoenix 62; Boroughmuir Blaze 71 St Mirren 64; Edinburgh Kings 53 Troon Tornadoes 70; Tayside Musketeers 63 Glasgow Rens 22; Falkirk Fury 83 Dunfermline Reign 64.
Women: Glasgow Rocks 48 Polonia Phoenix 57; Falkirk Fury 36 St Mirren 49; junior: Falkirk Fury 32 St Mirren 78; cadette: Highland Bears 91 Edinburgh Kool Kats 38; Falkirk Fury 43 St Mirren 66.