Basketball: Young Scots hit heights at Meadowbank

The Scottish boys reached the final and the girls finished a very creditable third in the 2013 International Summer Slam Under-14 Basketball event at Meadowbank in Edinburgh.

The boys faced CB Zaragoza in the final and were just ten points behind at half-time behind their more experienced opponents.

After a challenging second half the Spanish Boys came out on top, with the final score 95-74. The other teams in the event were Luxembourg and Northern Ireland.

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At the end of the tournament Alexander Geddes 
(St Andrew’s Secondary School) and Alex Hall (St Mungo’s Falkirk) were included in the All Star 5.

The Scotland girls beat Dublin Under-14s 56- 49 in the final day to cement third place. Luxembourg defeated Hessen in the final. Leah Stewart (James Young High School) gained a place in the All Star 5.

The tournament is recognised by basketballscotland as the official National Development Squad competition for Under-14 players, and the only Under-14 International basketball tournament recognised by FIBA this year in UK.

Both Scottish teams can take a great deal of credit for their efforts and Scotland Under-14 Boys head coach, John Kerray, said: “Everything that was worked and trained on came together as the team played fast and exciting basketball, and they gave the Spanish team a tough final.

“I could not be prouder of the boys, the coaching team and Scottish basketball.”