England and Scotland’s male & female junior national teams took part in four friendly games at the National Basketball Performance Centre (NBPC)-Belle Vue in Manchester on Tuesday afternoon.
The hosts’ U15 boys (82-55) and girls (54-47) both emerged victorious against their U16 opponents from north of the border and the U17 men also chalked up the W versus the U18 Scots (73-65).
However, the U17 women just couldn’t make it a clean sweep of home successes ahead of repeat encounters tomorrow (Wednesday) as Stef Collins’ squad succumbed to a heavy defeat (63-29).
England’s U17 men trailed the Scottish U18s by eight and 12 points at the end of the first quarter (24-16) and half-time (39-27) respectively.
However, a resurgent second-half performance saw them draw level at the conclusion of the third stanza (56-56) and a dominant display in the fourth (25-9) meant they prevailed by eight at the final buzzer.
Robin Bedford (16), Carl Campbell (18) and Arinze Emeka-Anywakwo (12) all registered double-digit tallies for an England team that cashed in on their greater proficiency at scoring in a sequence of prolonged hot streaks.
The U17 women had a somewhat less fruitful foray around the rim, with their Scottish U18 counterparts surging clear in a 24-6 third quarter to win through decisively.
Captain Holly Davies, Lauren France and Jasmine Tebbitt contributed four points apiece in a losing effort for the home team, with topscorer Sade Orija notching five late on.
Stef Collins’ U17 women’s squad were the only England junior team to lose on Tuesday. They’ll be looking to avenge that defeat tomorrow (Wednesday).
Daijaun Antonio (13) and Alex Distras (11) were ably supported by the likes of Jerome Deans (Eight) and Toby Gastaldi-Davies (Nine) on offence as the England U15 boys beat the Scottish U16 team by a convincing 27-point margin.
Meanwhile, Monique Sahnan’s 14-point haul helped propel the England U15 girls past Scotland U16s. Amelia Sandie and Hannah Dawson chipped in too with eight and six points respectively.