Basketball: Capital septet in Scots U-18 squad

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Capital clubs supply seven of the Scottish junior basketball team who open their European Under-18 Championship Division B bid later tonight against Romania in Austria.

Captain Brendan Mullan is joined by three of his Boroughmuir Blaze club-mates – Tony Low-Macrae, Sam Stott and Tom Skinner – while starting point guard Findlay Wood, Karl Jiminez and Konrad Kantorski are all from Edinburgh Kings, who also provide the coach Craig Nicol.

“We know that Division B is going to be tough and the standard will be high,” said Mullan. “We’ve prepared well as a team and the guys are ready to go – we’re all looking forward to our first challenge.”

Twins Andrew and Michael Travers, who are members of the Perth Phoenix club, have made a little bit of sporting history by both being chosen.

Both parents are going out to Austria to watch the boys. “Naturally we’re delighted,” said mother Aileen. “They’ve been trying to get in Scottish teams for a few years and previously have been cut before the final selections but they’ve worked hard and made it.”

Scotland face tough schedule, opening against Romania in Oberwart tonight, then playing Georgia, Sweden, Portugal and the Slovak Republic on successive days before a day’s rest.

Full team: B Mullan (captain), T Low-Macrae, S Stott, T Skinner (all Boroughmuir Blaze); F Wood, K Jiminez, K Kantorski (all Edinburgh Kings); A & M Travers (both Perth Phoenix); J Sirrell (Dunfermline Reign); C O’Donnell (Stirling Knights); E Lancaster (Troon Tornadoes); coach C Nicol (Edinburgh Kings).