Kings without some big guns for Uni clash

BASKETBALL champions City of Edinburgh Kings visit Scottish League newcomers Edinburgh University at the Pleasance tomorrow (3.50pm) without two of their starting five, Aussie star Brett Jefferies and point guard Garreth Lodge, who are both unavailable.

The students, whose club won the Scottish Cup five times between 1949 and 1965, were given a rough baptism on their return to national senior competition, going down 88-46 away to Falkirk Fury last weekend, so will be glad of any respite as they seek to consolidate their bold initiative.

Edinburgh University women had also entered the national league but were forced to withdraw through lack of players before the start of the season and the men will be desperately hoping that their fortunes improve with the new influx of foreign students.

Kings, who cruised to a 90-57 home win over Grampian Flyers in their opening game, are also without Scottish international point guard Laurie Costello, who has apparently decided not to play this season. But they have signed former East Lothian Peregrines sharp-shooter Sean Hume, who also coaches their cadet men's team.

Peregrines meanwhile have amalgamated with Midlothian Buccaneers to become East Lothian Buccaneers, playing their home matches at Musselburgh Sports Centre.

The new club has amassed a big bench with the likes of Commonwealth Games teammates Stu MacKay and Campbell Flockhart joined by top Swede Rob Jansson and Scottish shooting guard Grant Gibson.

Meanwhile, women's side City of Edinburgh Kool Kats face Polonia Phoenix at Portobello High tonight (6.45pm).