The Wolves have a record number of young charges trying out tomorrow at Future Starz. Good luck to them all, we will keep you up to date on how they get on.
The knight/wolves cadette team got off to a great start in their first national league campaign beating the Highland Bears 79-66. We will get a full report up as soon as possible.
Good luck to the under 16 Girls who play their first league game this weekend. The amalgamated squad made up from players of the Stirling Knights and the West Lothian Wolves have been working hard preparing for the start of the season. We wish them all the best knowing that coaches Luis Romero and Dave Evans have them fully prepared. Go Knight/Wolves!!!
Please see the information below about the upcoming Future Starz Trials, with a link to sign up. This is a great opportunity for our club players to try out and get some great experience training and getting coached by some of Scotland's best youth coaches.
To All Parents and players born 2000-2005,
Future Starz is the basketballscotland, national player development programme for boys and girls aged between 8 and 14 years in Scotland. The programme is designed to select the best players regionally and work with them on developing their individual skills across regular sessions and national camps. National development teams for U11/12, U13 and U14 are then selected from our Future Starz at the culmination of the programme in March 2014.
If you would like to be involved this year you must first register online, you will be able to find all the programme information and trial sign up form following the link below:
Yours in basketball,
The Future Starz Team
Great Britain Still Have a Chance to Get through to the Second Round in EuroBasket with a Win over Germany - Final Score 81 - 74
GB On Verge Of Second Round
Turning Point: Leading by 10 late in the opening frame (23-13), Germany became complacent, as Great Britain fired off the next 11 points get the wind in their sails and take a one-point lead on an Andrew Lawrence lay-up, 24-23.
Game Hero: Lawrence ended with a game-high 23 points, but his performance was trumped by the all-round showing of Myles Hesson who finished with 21 points and 11 boards - seven of them on the offensive glass.
Stat's Don't Lie: Germany failed to respect the ball, giving up 15 turnovers which translated into 19 British points. Meanwhile, the Brits only gave up six points due to poor ball handling.
With 23 points, Andrew Lawrence was integral in taking Great Britain a step close to the final 12
Joe Prunty has taken Great Britain to the edge of one the biggest achievements in their basketball history, following their 81-74victory over Germany on Sunday afternoon.
Tenacious rebounding, persistent defence and composure saw GB move to the brink of the Second Round with emerging playersAndrew Lawrence and Myles Hesson taking the lead role as their side overturned an early nine-point deficit to improve their record to 2-1.
"I thought we did a great job on keeping them in check," said Prunty. "On the offensive end, we got a lot of positive contributions from a lot of people. We had just seven turnovers which is a great effort. Andrew played his best game shooting well, and showing some great defence. Myles Hesson was great again. And Dan Clark played extremely hard, drawing a lot of attention out on the floor."
Alex King sparked an early German surge, scoring nine of his eleven points in a three-minute spell in the opening quarter in an 11-2 burst that saw his side go 23-13 in front.
However a three-pointer from Clark ignited Britain's challenge and they compiled 11 unanswered points to put their Group A rivals under pressure, both sides trading runs before Kieron Achara hit a three which pushed GB 42-38 in front at half-time.
In the second half, the advantage was traded six times. Germany held GB without a field goal for seven minutes but Hesson scrapped in the paint, drawing fouls, making shots and putting his side ahead for good with 5:09 left in the third.
Lawrence was stellar, hitting nine points in the fourth with Hesson in support and although Tibor Pleiss, who had a team-high 20 points and 14 rebounds, cut the German deficit to 73-69 with two minutes left, Devon van Oostrum's late cameo, plus the steady hand of Lawrence, saw the British to safety.
"It was a hard fought win," said Lawrence. "We really needed it. I'm really proud of the way everyone stepped up today. I'm really proud of everyone."
For Germany, there was disappointment that their fine start in Slovenia has not led to more.
"We had a surprise first big win against France which we didn't expect," said coach Frank Menz. "Then we played all the team and we knew that would be tough for a young and experienced team. We've had three close games and we couldn't win one which is disappointing.
"We weren't doing so badly. But our biggest problem has been turnovers and not getting tough offensive rebounds. Today we had 14 offensive rebounds but seven turnovers more than Great Britain."
Report taken from Eurobasket website.
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Follow Eurobasket on our website with it's own dedicated page for the duration of the competition. There are two widgets, one which updates live game scores as they happen and one that follows the three Scottish players on the GB squad. Make sure to check in every day to keep on top of the scores throughout the tournament.
The Men's GB squad got a well deserved overtime win against a good Israel side today. Israel were picked to be a second round team in this competition. The GB team has 3 Scottish players in the squad, Gareth Murray, Ali Fraser and Kieron Achara. Kieron was highlighted as one of the games top performers on the FIBA website as he scored 18 points, pulleddown 13 rebounds and had 1 assist and 1 steal. Follow Team GB here with more updates throughout the tournament.