It was a memorable weekend for the Scotland Senior Men’s Basketball Team as they completed the double over an England Select side at Edinburgh’s Meadowbank Arena.
The fixtures, part of basketballscotland’s International Summer Slam, featured a host of BBL players turning out for both teams.
Saturday’s game saw the Scots run out clear winners, pulling out a 31 point lead before finishing with a 24 point victory. Led by the imperious play of our very own Jonny Bunyan, who notched 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists, Iain MacLean’s side started the game strongly, surging to a 13-0 lead and holding England to just 9 first quarter points as the period ended 28-9.
From then on it was plain sailing, with an Ali Fraser triple at the half-time buzzer sending Scotland in 50-24 up before coasting to an 83-59 win. London Lions’ Orlan Jackman was the lone shining light for England, leading all scorers with 27 points, while the University of Maine’s Ali Fraser led the Scots with 24.
Sunday’s game was a closer affair with Paul James’ side starting the brighter of the two sides, scoring the first 5 points and pulling out an early 7 point advantage before Scotland pulled it back level at 11-11 mid-way through the period.
A 24-20 England lead at the end of the first quickly evaporated in the 2nd as Jonny Bunyan drained back-to-back threes to start the quarter, and a closely fought half ended with the Scots up 44-41.
The game remained close until the end, with a Jackman three-point play cutting the lead to 2 just points in the final minute. However, a 6-0 closing run sealed the game for Scotland as they completed the double over the “auld enemy”.
Jonny Bunyan led all scorers with 17 points, while Gareth Murray (11pts/10reb/5ast), Kieron Achara (14pts/10reb) and Ali Fraser (12pts/10reb) all picked up double-doubles for Scotland. Leicester Riders’ duo Jamel Anderson and Anthony Rowe led England with 15 points each, with Manchester Giants’ David Watts adding 14.