Scotland basketball coach Rob Beveridge toasts his players

Rob Beveridge and his players applaud the fans
Rob Beveridge and his players applaud the fans
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Scotland’s basketball team’s run to the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games has rekindled their coach’s love of the game.

Having lost to Australia in the semi-final, Scotland faced New Zealand on the final day of action in Australia as the two faced off for the bronze medal.

And, while the ‘Tall Blacks’ may have beaten a Scotland side featuring Edinburgh’s Kyle Jimenez and Sean Nealon-Lino 79-69, coach Rob Beveridge could not hide his delight at how the last month, since his appointment, has gone.

“I’ve had a horrible 12 months previously, and you second guess yourself as a coach and whether you want to continue,” revealed Beveridge who lost his aunt to cancer last year while his 74-year-old father, who moved from Scotland to Australia in 1963, is battling emphysema.

“This job with a bunch of guys that care for each other, and care for me, is amazing for my personal development as well. It’s rekindled my passion for the game of basketball.”

Elsewhere, Alan Clyne and Greg Lobban just missed out on a bronze medal in the men’s doubles squash, the pair going down 11-9, 11-9 to England’s James WIllstrop and Declan James in the podium play-off.

Lobban admitted: “We are very disappointed. We didn’t want to be playing that match, we wanted to play for gold.”

In the rugby sevens, Scotland, featuring Edinburgh men Jamie Farndale, Dougie Fife, Lee Jones and Scott Riddell, finished sixth after a 19-12 win over Wales was followed by a 26-0 reverse to Australia.