The Copenhagen Invitational Tournament wrapped for 2018 with both England sides acquitting themselves well across the three-day event.
The girls put together one of their most complete performances of the tournament on Sunday, easing past Denmark Red 70-58 to claim 9th place overall. Leading 32-29 at the half, Coach Stanciuca’s side were the better team after the break and showed as much, pulling away to a comfortable win.
The boys were unable to make it two from two though as they lost a nail biter to American club side Global Sport. With England leading 16-8 midway through the 1st quarter, a fire alarm rather unexpectedly called a halt to the game and England were slow to get going after the stoppage. Still, they were able to secure a 3-point lead at the main change as they tried to end the tournament on a high. The Americans wouldn’t go quietly in the second half as they slowly moved into a lead of their own, hanging on down the stretch for a 71-74 score line.
🇩🇰COPENHAGEN 2018🏴— Basketball England (@bballengland) June 17, 2018
The boys were up 16-8 in the middle of the 1st when a fire alarm stops play! We started hot in the 5th-6th place game, but it's not like we were actually on fire!! 🔥🔥🔥#TogetherWeAreBasketbALL #CI18 pic.twitter.com/EEnBDt8RKv
“We took this tournament one game at a time and whenever we played it taught us lessons that I hope our players take away and build on,” said girls’ Head Coach Cristina Stanciuca. “All these players have a bright future in front of them. We couldn’t ask for more from them in this tournament and the journey with this group has been fantastic since day one. I’m thankful to all my staff for their contribution towards making this such a successful experience.”
That was a sentiment echoed by boys’ Head Coach Manuel Pena Garcés, “It’s been a really good tournament in terms of the things we were looking for. We wanted to see the players getting better every day when we kept challenging them, and they’ve shown us a lot. They’ve represented England really well and that is also great to see.”
England’s Jeremy Sochan wasnamed to the U15 Boys all-tournament team for his performances throughout the competition. With multiple displays that demonstrated his all-round skill set, he was a worthy selection by the tournament organisers.
The final placings saw the girls take 9th overall with the boys coming in 6th. It has been an excellent tournament as both sides have grown, developed and taken the opportunity to get better both on and off the court. With the sizable group of English referees also in attendance, it has been a great three days of basketball that is sure to help the game in multiple ways going forward.