Stirling Knights’ National Cup run ends to Manchester
As previously reported, Stirling Knights stormed their way into the Elite Eight of the Basketball England National Cup. Boasting dominant wins over some of England’s premier U16 teams, including Newcastle Eagles and Liverpool, it was an already historic run, regardless of the rounds.
“A decision made by coaching staff to push the squad against different competition, resulted in excellent development on all players. The progress made led to a fantastic start to their Scottish season, as one of the best U16 teams in the country.Was a great experience to a fantastic run in the premier national competition starting with over 130 teams to make it to the last 8. Our goal was well and truly reached. We entered this competition for a chance to play against some real quality Cadet teams and not only met the best Team in the UK in Manchester Magic but also in earlier rounds defeated premier teams Liverpool, Leeds Basketball Academy and Newcastle Eagles along the way. To say we can stand alongside teams like this is a real proud moment for our club and reinforces our goals as a club driven to produce top talent capable of making the next steps in the Sport.”
A home tie against Manchester Magic was to be as far as they could manage. A team with great height has blown its previous opponent out of the water.
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“The Knights fell 100-71 after leading the opening quarter 29-25. The closest any team has come to Magic this season, Stirling had also put the most points up on Manchester, more than any other team this season.Not only did we stand alongside the top teams in the UK but we posted 71pts and got closer to beating Manchester Magic than any other team this year. I have no doubt Manchester will go on to win this trophy and I have no doubt had we not met in the Quarter Finals we would have gone onto a Final showdown.”
The goal remains to develop players, heads are not down within the club after the loss. McGlasson ended with,
“The biggest achievement however was the learning experience for our players, not only those playing but also those spectating as to the level required to compete. We wish Manchester all the best for the remaining season. Our goals are still unchanged – get better individually and as a team every day and set these boys up on path where hard work gets results.”