Scotland national basketball team

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Scotland Scotland
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FIBA ranking 88 (T)
Joined FIBA 1947
FIBA zone FIBA Europe
National federation BasketballScotland
Coach Tom Campbell
Olympic Games
Appearances None
FIBA World Cup
Appearances None
EuroBasket
Appearances 2 (1951, 1957)
Uniforms
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The Scottish national basketball team is the basketball side that represents Scotland in international competition. They are organised by basketballscotland, the sport's governing body in Scotland.

In 2005 Scotland, along with England and their counterparts in Wales combined forces to form the Great Britain national basketball team, with the target goal to field a competitive team capable of winning medals at the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Despite the merge, the Scotland national team is still competing in the FIBA Europe's Division C. Scotland's direct affiliation to FIBA will end on 30 September 2016.[1]

To date, Scotland's main accomplishments were two qualifications to the EuroBasket, Europe's main basketball event. Further, the team won five bronze medals at the FIBA European Championship for Small Countries.

History[edit]

Eurobasket 1951[edit]

The Scottish team's first European championship competition was at Eurobasket 1951 in Paris. They lost their 8 games and finished 16th place out of 18. They outranked Luxembourg, who had had the misfortune of being in a 5-team preliminary group instead of a 4-team group (and losing all of their games), and Romania, who had dropped out of the tournament at the last minute.[2]

Eurobasket 1957[edit]

Six years later, at the Eurobasket 1957 in Sofia, Scotland competed much better. There, the squad won one of its three preliminary round games to be relegated to the classification round. The first match in that round pitted Scotland against Albania, who had also not yet achieved a victory in Eurobasket competition. The Scots proved the better, 69–56. Afterwards, they lost their next six matches but showed considerable improvement from the last tournament. They competed against Austria and West Germany the whole game until they finally ceded by one point and five points respectively to finish the classification round 1–6 in 15th place overall, ahead of Albania which they beat twice.[3]

Robert Archibald is Scotland's most well known basketball player. Because of his accomplishments he became an inspirational figure to basketball players throughout his home country.

Competitions[edit]

Performance at Summer Olympics[edit]

yet to qualify

Performance at FIBA World championships[edit]

yet to qualify

Performance at Eurobasket[edit]

Year Position Note Tournament Host
1951 16 EuroBasket 1951 Paris, France
1957 15 EuroBasket 1957 Sofia, Bulgaria

Performance at the Commonwealth Games[edit]

Melbourne 2006[edit]

Game Stage Opponent Score
1 Group A  Australia 129–52
2 Group A  India 67–57
3 Group A  Nigeria 91–83
4 5th–8th place Placement  South Africa 91–79
5 5th place match  Barbados 63–73
Games Played Won Lost Points Scored Points Conceded Point Difference Final Place
5 2 3 366 429 −63 6th

Current roster[edit]

# Player Position Height Current club
4 Garreth Lodge Point Guard 1.85 Edinburgh Kings
5 Patrick Campbell Shooting Guard 1.93 Edinburgh Kings
6 Grant Gibson Point Guard 1.82 E.Lothian B.
7 Laurie Costello Point Guard 1.87 Edinburgh Kings
8 Josh Crolley Small Forward 1.98 Troon Tornadoes
9 Daniel Donnelly Small Forward 1.98 Troon Tornadoes
10 Michael Lynn Forward St. Mirren
11 Ross Campbell Forward 1.98 Troon Tornadoes
12 Steven Leven Forward 1.97 Arkadikos
13 Thomas Pearson Center 2.00 Manchester Magic
14 Ikemefuna Attah Power Forward 1.98 Tees Valley Mohawks
15 Simon Flockhart Center 2.10 Edinburgh Kings

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Basketball, British (13 August 2012). "News | Great Britain Basketball | Official Website : FIBA SIGN OFF BRITISH BASKETBALL AGREEMENT". Gbbasketball.com. 
  2. ^ "1947 European Championship for Men". Archive.Fiba.Com. 3 May 1947. 
  3. ^ "1947 European Championship for Men". Archive.Fiba.Com. 3 May 1947.