The 2018 School Games has just wrapped up at Loughborough University with Scotland making history, as they reached the Final for the first time.
Day 1 kicked off with England North taking on Wales in a game that was close for the first half but then North gained the advantage as Lee Fryer top scored with 35 points and North took the 65-46 win. Next up, Northern Ireland faced England Central with NI’s Katie Morrow (22pts), Peter Lewis (14reb) and Conn Nagle (7ast) all contributing to their 54-45 win. Wales returned to the court to face England South with Wales picking up a fairly comfortable 56-35 victory.
In the final game of the day Scotland faced Northern Ireland. Scotland were able to forge ahead in the second half with Josh Manson on 28pts, Ben Leitch on 13 rebounds and James Beattie on 15 assists to ensure Scotland were victorious 67-46.
Group and Knockouts
Day 2 saw pool stage and semi-final action. England North took on England South in which the North took the 54-29 win. Scotland were able to secure a ten point victory over England Central 55-45 after James Beattie hit 24pts accompanied with 16 rebounds and nine assists.
In the first semi-final England North took on Northern Ireland. North England were able to steamroll ahead in the second half to win 59-36 with Lee Fryer on 28pts and nine assists. Scotland fought Wales in the second semi-final in the closest game of the tournament. Scotland managed to come away with the 48-46 victory with James Beattie achieving a triple-double, 19pts, 16reb and 10ast.
Finals and Classification
Day 3, the final day, would determine where teams would finish. England Central took on England South for 5th place and after a back and forth encounter it was South who picked up the 41-37 win, with Oscar Knight hitting 17pts and Liam Barker having 12 rebounds and seven assists.
Northern Ireland faced Wales in the bronze medal game with NI getting the early lead they came away with the 52-46 win with Peter Lewis on 18pts and 16reb.
It was almost a repeat of the Junior Championships as Scotland battled England North in the final and the scores were fairly even in the first half (22-21) to North. But in the second half North found the momentum to push ahead and claim the 64-41 win, retaining their championship for the second year running.
Despite the loss in the final Scotland made history at School Games once again and should be proud of what they’ve achieved.
There was more to be for Scottish Wheelchair Basketball as 4 officials were nominated for games at the 2018 School games. The Final had a Scot on the floor as well as Game Commissioner, showing the development of Scottish Wheelchair Basketball extends further than just the players.
Watch the full day 1 below
Watch day 2 here