Battle of Stirling see’s Knights into Elite Eight of English Basketball

Knights ride to History

Stirling Knights under 16 Men have been enjoying great success in the Scottish Basketball Championships this season, sitting atop the table, with a perfect 9-0 record.

Head Coach Les McGlasson looked for a new challenge this season, entering his side into the Basketball England National Cup. With the possibility of facing the junior teams of some of British Basketballs top BBL sides.

Knights started their historic journey with an away trip to Newcastle Eagles. Eagles, the junior side of the BBL elite side, posed a historic opponent, one the Knights were looking to conquer.

There results were as follows,

Rnd 1 (away) Newcastle Eagles 53 – 92 Stirling Knights

Top Performers:

C. McGlasson 22pts, 12Reb, 4 Assists  | R. Gilmour 15pts, 20 Reb  | J. Hencher 14pts, 10Reb, 4 Assists  | W. Kemp 13pts, 9Reb, 4 Assists  | L. Dalziel 13pts, 5Reb, 3 Assists

Rnd 2 (home) Stirling Knights 88 – 52 Leeds Basketball Academy

Top Performers:

C. McGlasson 23pts, 6Reb, 4 Assists | R. Gilmour 17pts, 12 Reb  | J. Hencher 7pts, 10Reb, 9 Steals  | W. Kemp 13pts, 6Reb, 2 Assists  | L. Dalziel 17pts, 6Reb, 2 Assists

Rnd 3 (home) Stirling Knights 20 – 0 Barnsley Leaders (Forfeit)

Rnd 4 (home) Stirling Knights 88 – 51 Liverpool Basketball Club

Top Performers:

R. Gilmour 22pts, 12Reb, 9 Steals  | C. McGlasson 17pts, 11Reb, 1 Assists  | J. Hencher 16pts, 9Reb, 8 Steals  | W. Kemp 11pts, 6Reb, 2 Assists

McGlasson told stirlingknights.com after the huge win over Liverpool,

“Having already beaten two Premier Teams earlier in the competition in Newcastle Eagles and Leeds Basketball Academy we respect but fear no-one and have exceeded all expectations. Manchester Magic are huge favourites but we have nothing to lose and will have the whole Scottish nation behind us I’m sure”

Scottish Internationist and Team Captain Rob Gilmour told the site too,

“Our offence today was good but all season we have been scoring the ball well, the starters contributing 72 points with Callum McGlasson and Jack Hencher adding 17 and 16pts respectively along with William Kemp (11) and Louis Dalziel (6), the biggest difference and most satisfying aspect was our defence in keeping Liverpool relatively quiet and protecting our own basket.”

 

Stirling will host Manchester Magic in the Quarter-Final, on the 2nd December at The Peak, Stirling.

 

 

 

 

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