Basketball Scotland U10 Boys National Challange

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Basketball Scotland U10 Boys National Challange

Boys from Glasgow Fever and Glasgow City teamed up to collectively form the Glasgow under 10 boys development team at the 14/15 season ending National Challenge.

Boys from Glasgow Fever and Glasgow City teamed up to collectively form the Glasgow under 10 boys development team at the 14/15 season ending National Challenge.

The results of the group stages in the morning separated the teams into Gold, Silver and Bronze groups in the afternoon with the winner of the Gold group crowned eventual tournament winners.

In the morning Glasgow were up against teams from Grampian, West Lothian and Stirling. With the boys having played and trained together in preparation for the tournament, Glasgow came out strong in their first game against Grampian, with confident shooting and clever interplay helping them establish a healthy advantage by the end of the 2nd Quarter. 

Grampian played well in spells but just couldn’t compete with the strength and depth of a Glasgow team full of energy and smothering defence. With everyone contributing, the boys were delighted with a richly deserved victory and ready for more! Next up was West Lothian Wolves. 

The momentum from the first game appeared to stay with the boys with no let-up in the energy and skill levels. Baskets seemed to go in from all directions with the more experienced players eager to involve everyone. Wolves proved great opponents and the boys enjoyed playing against a team wanting to play good basketball as well. 

The final game was against virtual home team Stirling. The boys played courageously however the quality finishing of the Stirling players in the opening quarter put the game beyond reach early on. Nevertheless the boys matched Knights for long periods of the game
with the final score belying a much closer game in the end. The boys were left disappointed but were sporting in defeat.

Although there was a spot in the gold group for the best 2nd placed team, the tournament rules favoured teams with better points difference so Glasgow missed out and joined Wolves and Tayside in the Silver group afternoon games. 

In the afternoon the boys matched up with Wolves first. This was a much tighter affair than before with Wolves making the adjustments well. Although initially there was little in the way of points this was due to excellent defence more than anything. Eventually a run of points by Glasgow broke the deadlock and the boys finally pulled away and closed the game off well. The next challengers were ​Tayside who displayed some excellent ball skills however with Glasgow showing little in the way of fatigue they continued with their stylish play, kept going and tasted victory again in their final gameof the day. 

On hearing the final whistle the boys were jubilant to have won 4 out of their 5 games ​and only losing out to eventual winners Stirling. The boys can be proud of their achievements however it will be the way they played the game, involved their teammates and conducted themselves throughout that will last in the memory.

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