Scottish 3X3 Success in GB Squads

Three Scots for 3X3 GB Hoops

The GB squads have all been out in Europe competing with the U18 Men getting underway this week in Greece. But, for 4 more players, another chance to represent GB has come around with the FIBA 3X3 Europe Cup Qualifiers around the corner. Heading into the qualifying round, GB will face powerhouses in Spain, Serbia and the Netherlands in pool B

With the recent push for 3X3 success across the nation, Scotland has seen much success with a Boroughmuir Blaze quartette recently snagging silver in a FIBA 3X3 event in Germany as well as Shawnisay Millar and Callan Low previously dawning the GB jersey in 3 on 3 action.

Scottish success at the half court game has grown immensely with the announcements of the squads. Glasgow Rocks and GB veteran Gareth Murray will be head coach for the U18 Men. as well as two Scots selected in the 4 man squad.

Speaking on his selections, Murray said

The 4 young players that are representing GB at the 3×3 will have the opportunity to show case there talent versus some of the best players in Europe. I hope this experience will help them with their future aspirations and fulfill their respective goals. All players wish to raise there profile and continue improving to take there game to another level. Opportunities like this are perfect for gaining experience and opening there eyes to the level of talent around the world.

per GB Basketball

City of Edinburgh Kings’ guard Owen Mackle was named in the squad along with former Stirling Knights and current Myerscough standout, Louis Sullivan also being named to complete the hat-trick of Scots involved.

City of Edinburgh spoke on Mackle’s achievement,

“The Club is very proud of Owen’s selection for GB 3×3. The past season playing in the English NBL Premier North he has shown himself to be one of the best scorers in the league. We eagerly await the chance to see him perform on the international stage.”

Craig Nicol, Head Coach City of Edinburgh

Mackle himself, comes off a successful year within British Basketball, establishing himself as one of the top guards in the country, as well as trials for GB last summer.

Mackle said,

“I am honoured to be given the chance to represent GB. I am looking forward to the tournament and to competing in a new format.”

Owen Mackle

The squad takes an all-Celtic look as two Welshmen round out the squad with Swansea Storm’s Paul Farrelly and Panagiotis Karras from Cardiff Met Archers.

On the women’s side, it is an all-England approach with Renee Busch’s squad:

Lilly Annim, Southend, Barking Abbey
Hannah Dawson, Warlingham, Charnwood College 
Rebecca Dwomoh, Cala Ratjada, Spain, Sant-Josep 
Jade Mbam, Manchester, Manchester Mystics