Basketball: Scotland Under-18s to face Sweden and England

Scotland's under-18 men's basketball team

Scotland's under-18 men's basketball team

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Scotland’s under-18 men’s basketball team are preparing for their stiffest competition of the summer in the city with upcoming matches against Sweden and England.

In setting out their stall for a European Basketball tier two event in Sofia, Bulgaria, from July 24 – August 3, the Scots will face Sweden at Portobello High School on Friday (7pm) and on Saturday (6pm).

The following Saturday and Sunday the Scots under-18s have a home international series against England at The Pleasance while the under-16s play Ireland at the same venue.

Scotland’s under-18 women will also face England as part of the build-up to their Euro tournament in Denmark.

Doug Reilly, the Edinburgh-based under-18 men’s coach, said: “The games will provide players and management with a check in terms of where we are and hopefully highlight areas that need further tuning prior to departure.

“We will be addressing the players’ mental approach, looking at how they manage performance anxiety, visualisation techniques and their own personal preparation.

“We are aiming to ensure that everyone is ready, physically, technically, tactically and mentally for the rigours of a ten-day tournament that is played at several levels above what they are used to.”

The under-18 men’s squad includes:

Findlay Wood (Firrhill High/City of Edinburgh), Malcolm Winning (James Gillespie’s/Boroughmuir Blaze), Brendan Mullan (St Thomas’/Boroughmuir Blaze), Sam McArthur (Portobello High/City of Edinburgh), Kieran McAdam (Edinburgh Academy/City of Edinburgh), Sam Stott (James Gillespies/Boroughmuir Blaze), Douglas Leslie (Portobello High/City of Edinburgh).

Officials are Doug Reilly (head coach), Jim Wright (assistant coach), Craig Nicol (assistant coach), Amy Morgan (team manager).

Our under-18 men’s team photograph shows: Back row, left to right: Ed Matthew, Sam MacArthur, Patryk Weyer, Gregor Gray, Rudi Farmer, Fraser Malcolm, Malcolm Winning. Front row – Kenneth Makusha, Kieran McAdam, Douglas Leslie, Sam Stott, Findlay Wood, Brendan ­Mullan.

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