Capital-based coach Craig Nicol and his Scottish junior men’s basketball team of mainly Edinburgh players had to be content with 22nd place – one place above Ireland – in the European Under-18 Championship, which finished in Skopje last night.
Having beaten Albania in their group match, the Scots went down narrowly 71-68 to the same opponents in the play-offs yesterday after trailing 62-68 with 30 seconds left.
Edinburgh Kings point guard Konrad Kantorski had a shot to tie with three seconds left but could not convert, though he ended up with 11 points.
Top scorer was his Kings team-mate Kyle Jiminez with 17 points while another Capital player Sean Nealon-Lino had a “double double”, ten points and ten rebounds.
Results: Scotland 61, Luxembourg 65; Scotland 66, Cyprus 52; Scotland 68, Albania 71.