Scotland finish fourth despite Becca Allison’s heroics

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Edinburgh Kool Kat Becca Allison, who today leaves to take up a coaching appointment with former Edinburgh Development Officer Donna Finnie, now head coach at Houston Baptist University, had another stand-out game for Scotland’s senior women in their final game of the European Small Countries Basketball Championship in Austria.

But the Scots, after a strong surge when they went ahead 45-34 against Malta in the third quarter, after being down 29-27 at half-time, were hit by a 13-0 run and ended up losing 66-59 to finish fourth.

Allison, who graduated after completing a basketball scholarship at Old Dominion University in Virginia earlier this summer, top-scored with 23 points as well as taking eight rebounds, while Rona Corkindale (Glasgow Rocks) had another “double double” with 15 points and 14 rebounds and Gillian Baird (Loughborough) added 11 points.

But the team badly missed another Kool Kat, point guard Emma Findlay, who had work commitments.

Austria shocked favourites Iceland to take the gold 87-81.

Great Britain, including North Berwick’s Grant Mackay, finished 11th in the European Men’s Under-20 A Championships in Bulgaria yesterday, turning the tables 85-82 on Slovenia who had beaten them in the preliminaries.

GB senior men, with Scots Kieron Achara and Gareth Murray in their ranks, went down 77-73 and 76-68 to Latvia at Worcester in two warm-up games for their European Championship qualifying round games next month.