By Admin on Jul 16, 2011
NEWS ARTICLE: Report by Stirling Observer on Scotland basketball team and commented about one of the players who is our own deaf legend – Mitch Graham!
SCOTLAND’S U18 men’s team aim to keep ice-cool as Basketball Scotland’s Summer Slam sizzles to its climax at The Peak this weekend.
They face Norway in a double-header, in what coach Doug Reilly believes will be an ideal test for his side.
His team may be under-strength due to injury but the players will be out to impress.
Doug said: “We had a very strong squad last year and went to the European B Championships, where we had some good results and only missed out on the quarter-finals by two points.
“This year is more of a transition season for us but we are building towards next year, where we will be heading for the European B Championships again.
“A couple of our big stars are unavailable but we still have a strong squad and players to watch out for are guard Ryan Mackay, Douglas Bennett, who is English-based but qualifies as his mother is Scottish, Derek Shankland and Michael Padua.
“We also have Mitch Graham, who is a member of the GB deaf team and who merits his place in the squad.
“He communicates a lot with sign language and it has brought a different dimension to training.
“He plays in Reading as he goes to school there but he is originally from the Stirling area.”
As part of this weekend’s Summer Slam Scotland’s senior team play a double-header with Andorra.
There is also a three-cornered wheelchair challenge between Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.