Sarah Thomson and her six Caledonia Pride club-mates fought valiantly but narrowly missed out on a famous victory as the Scottish basketball team lost 67-64 to host nation Malaysia at the International Women’s Tournament in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
Edinburgh-based Thomson landed two three-pointers in the opening minutes as Pride coach Bart Sengers’ side – boosted by Thursday’s victory over Nan Shan Taiwan – adapted better to the later-than-scheduled start and raced into an early 8-0 lead.
They trailed by three points at the end of the first quarter but were level by half-time at 37-all, and it was still deadlocked at 53-53 going into the final ten minutes.
Thomson continued to add points and ended up as Scotland’s top scorer on 15, but Thursday’s matchwinner Dee Hayward had a rare off-day with just ten points compared to 33 the previous day.
Although frustrating to lose such a hard-fought encounter, it was a highly-creditable performance against a team ranked 43 in the world, and the signs are encouraging for next year’s Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast.