This weekend was one of historic proportions, as it represented the first time that four Scottish players have represented Great Britain at the under 16 level.
On Friday, Lewis McGlasson of CB Terra L’Alfas and Chris Feeney of basketballpaisley traveled with the GB U16 Men to France to take on the French U15 National Team in a three-game test series in the preparation of the upcoming European Championships.
Meanwhile, Laura Collins of basketballpaisley and Polly Storie of City of Edinburgh Basketball Club journeyed to Ireland as the U16 GB Women took on the Ireland U16s and U17s as they similarly geared up for the approaching Euros.
The first round of games took place on Friday evening as the GB men took on France in their first game. McGlasson featured in the starting line-up and finished with 5 points. Feeney was also a force off the bench, finishing the match with 8 points in an overtime thriller where the GB U16’s edged out the French 64-61.
Later that evening, the U16 GB Women played the Ireland U16s. Both Collins and Storie provided effective minutes off the bench for GB, but unfortunately, they would go on to lose their first contest of the weekend 64-52.
An early Saturday morning start for the GB women would see them take on the Ireland U17s in what would be a very close game throughout. However, GB could not close out the game and would go down 55-47 in their second match of the trip.
After a solid performance in Game 1, Chris Feeney would be a part of the starting-5 in the GB U16 men’s second game against France. Feeney would lead the way for GB with 10 points at the half, but ultimately France would go on to defeat the U16 men 89-64, tying up the series at 1-apiece.
In the GB U16 women's second matchup of the day against the Ireland U17’s, Polly Storie saw her first appearance in the starting lineup. The team played noticeably better in the second contest of the day and were able to gain a considerable victory over the team they had fallen to earlier in the day, winning 76-52.
On Sunday, In the GB U16 women’s final match of the trip, they faced off against the Ireland U16s in a rematch of Friday’s game. Allowing Ireland to gain an early 35-26 lead, GB could not hold on and their last game of their preparation trip and consequently went on to fall 65-55.
Later on Sunday, the GB U16 Men would play the decider of their 3-game test series with France. McGlasson would come off the bench and provided some useful scoring, tallying 6 points by the end of the game. Feeney would again feature in the starting lineup and played with authority for the entire game. Finishing as the team’s scorer with 23 points, Feeney also grabbed 7 rebounds to give GB the win 70-57 and take the series.