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Hi Everyone

Just in case anyone's interested, we're off to Romania where Andrew and Daniel are playing Basketball for the Scotland Junior Men's Team - If you want to see how they're getting on  the main Competition website is:

http://www.fibaeurope-u18men.com/enDivB/

 and our own website which I hope to update from internet cafes over there is:

http://scotland-u18.tripod.com

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Photos were taken at Thursday's Training session of the Musketeer Players representing Scotland this year at Cadet and Junior Men Levels.

Cadets

Vaughan Wilson     

Sean Mclean               

Daniel Elliot 

Junior Men     

Andy Glascodine

Daniel Sutherland

Josh Perera         

 

Muskies Cadets were put on the back foot by a 10 point Blitz from a fired up Kings side in the first few minutes and failed to recapture the form they are capable of throughout the match. They won the second Quarter but were blown away in the second half of the Third  and start of the Fourth.
It was a day on which shots - and Lay-ups failed to drop, but will hopefully give some of these young players useful experience for future Cup Finals. Final score was 48-91

Accurate to the best of my knowledge

Saturday 22 April - RAF Finals

11am Cadette womens Final
1pm Cadet Men's Final
3pm Junior Women's Final
5pm Junior Men's Final
7pm Wheelchair Final

Sunday 23 April - Senior Finals

10am Chairmen's Women's Final
12.15pm Chairmen's Men's Final
2.30pm Senior Women's Final
4.45pm Senior Men's Final

6 per day (10 for weekend pass)
4 per day for concession (6 for weekend pass)
16 per day for family ticket

Musketeers Cadets had a great result against Falkirk Fury at the Mariner Centre on Sunday, winning 38 - 63 to put themselves into the Scottish Cup Final for the second successive year
 
In the JM Game Muskies struggled to score 34 points in the first 3/4 then scored 40 in the final Quarter while Glasgow were cruising on 58 points and scraped home with 21 in the final Quarter, 15 of them from the free throw line - Final score was 74 - 79 In a fiercely contested contest, four of the seven Scotland JM Internationals fouled out, Ifedade and Marco for Glasgow and Daniel and Josh for Muskies.
Scorers were:
Tom          11
Daniel       10
Andy         29
Josh         12
Graeme      4
Jordan       5
Matthew P  3
and for Glasgow
Kevin Scott                15
Johnny Pettit              22
D Wark                          5
G McDowall                   5
S Miller                          3
Ifedade Thomas         19
Marco Panagopoulos 10

Muskies Junior Men had a surprisingly comfortable win over Fury at the Mariner Centre. Both previous encounters between these sides this season have been hard fought wins for the Muskies but, from the start, the boys in Green looked bigger, stronger and slicker than their opponents. Coach Grant was able to try out a wide range of options and plays against a surprisingly subdued Falkirk team. The Quarter scores were 10 - 27;  24 - 53;  28 - 77 and 44 - 98 
(44 - 101 by Ruth's calculations)  
Andy had a Jam sandwich either side of half time and the smile on Jordan's face after scoring back to back baskets was a joy to behold. Daniel and Josh are obviously benefiting from being in the Scotland team and the whole team's interpassing and intercepting was good as I've seen all season - Bring on Glasgow!!

Muskie Cadets had a comfortable win over Perth Pheonix, closing out the tie by 79 - 62.  Cadets will now play Falkirk Fury in the semi-final at the Mariner this week

Muskiedome Thriller dumps Kings
Having failed to beat Kings in close encounters at both Portobello and Arbroath the Muskies had a point to prove in this Gold League encounter. Some crisp passing and an unusual line-up at the offensive throw in put the Muskies on the back foot early on as they struggled to find their rythm and slipped a dozen points behind early on. They seemed unable to eat into that deficit by the end of the quarter. Daniel picked up early fouls and warmed the Bench for a bit as Coach Grant rotated his players and the home side slowly closed the gap in the second. The second most spectacular moment of the game came as Andy was "T"d for a n excessive Monkey swing after throwing it down.
Muskies closed the gap to 5 at the Half way mark and at that point it would have taken a brave man to bet on the result.
The gap closed desperately slowly as Muskies brought it down to a 2 point game at 3/4
Play of the day came early in the 4th as the Muskies had just drawn level and were pressing for the lead. Edinburgh stole the ball and broke upfield for a simple lay-up only to be astonished as Andy ran the length of the court to pin the rising ball to the backboard - even the Ref complimented him on the best block he'd seen all season. For the first half of the 4th there was never more than a point or two in it, with both Teams fighting hard for everything. Both teams had players in foul trouble and Graham was the first to go followed by Eoighan Dover, the Edinburgh Centre and Josh. The slow rising Muskies tide continued however, and by the last two minutes, they had built up a seven or eight point lead which they nursed through to the end - Final score 83 - 77
Scorers for the Muskies:
Thomas      11
DS              15
Andy           23
Josh           15
Duck           13
Matty           4
Danny          2
Jordan        Well - it would have been the longest 3 of the game if the ref hadn't already blown for a foul.
All credit to some of the Cadet team who not only boosted the Bench but made a very useful contribution - perhaps making the difference between a win and a loss in this tense encounter.

Cadet Muskies sneaked home with a nail-biting 79 - 81 win over Troon Tornadoes at Marr College
 
A six man JM team found the going too tough against Champions Glasgow. They slipped behind early on before rallying to close the gap to 10 before Glasgow eased ahead again in the later stages to win by 19. Final Score 85 - 66
 

Junior Men Beat Grampian Flyers
Muskies had a comfortable enough win over Grampian Flyers
Fliers are an improving team this year and have established a position above the bottom three of Dunfermline, Paisley and Highland while not yet being in a position to challenge the top six.
Scorers for Musketeers were:
Jordan         7
Tom             7
Andy          30
Josh           18
Graeme     23
Matty           8
Chris           2
Callum       13

Musketeer Wins Sat 4th Feb
Cadet Muskies travelled to St Mirren and brought back a ?10 point win against tricky opposition
 
Junior Muskies had a comfortable 104 - 41 victory against Dunfermline Reign
Points scorers were:
Jordan      3
Thomas   10
Andy         27
Josh         12
Graeme    21
Matty        10
Callum      21
As St Mirren JM lost to Glasgow this result confirms 4th place at the split and Gold League games for the remainder of the season

Analysis of 2005/6 Season up to the Split
Cadet League
Musketeer Cadet men are currently sitting in second place in the League behind leaders CoE Kings. If CE Fury win their game in hand against Paisley they will overtake Arbroath to take second spot. Unlike the JM League where the winner is decided after the scheduled league games, the Gold Playoff games count towards the final result and the league title is not yet decided. Basketballscotland have not updated the Cadet table this week.
 
Junior Men
Musketeer JM are currently in 5th spot with two games to go before the split (4-4-2)
Muskies play Dunfermline & Grampian at home 
Troon are away to Glasgow & Kings
Fury are away to Kings & Glasgow
If we win both of our games we will beat Falkirk
If Troon win both their games Troon, Arbroath and Kings will all finish on 30 points -  3rd =  I have asked Basketballscotland for clarification of the points difference ruling on this one. We are ahead of Troon on points scored between the Clubs but currently behind on points difference in the League.
 

Cadets Win against Glasgow Rens - 95-63 in the first Gold League Match
Juniors lose to CoE Kings - 76-86
Both games played at the MuskiedomeSat 21/1/06 
 

JM International Musketeers
Andy Glascodine, Daniel Sutherland and Josh Perera took part in a training session with the Scotland Junior Men in Glasgow on Sunday 15th Jan 2006. The Junior Mens Team will compete in the U18 European Championships (Group B) in Romania this Summer under Head Coach Tom Cambell

Musketeers JM at Troon  -  Sat 14th Jan 2006
In a scrappy first Q both sides had a share of the lead and both struggled to consistently put the ball in the Basket as it ended with a 10-9 lead for the home side
 
Muskies pulled ahead in the second only to see their lead cut by four successful free throws bringing the half time lead 28-32 to the Muskies
 
The third Q saw a 3 by Tom extend that lead to 9 before Troon's best spell which saw them retake the lead and push this to 51-44 at the 3/4 mark
 
In a "no holds barred" final Quarter Muskies had Graham. Daniel and finally Josh fouled out as they pushed for a victory that would not come. They closed the Gap to 3 with 3 minutes to go but were unlucky not to seal a victory with both sides raising their game in the final minutes
Final Score 66 - 60

"Monkey goes to Melbourne!!"
Ex Musketeer Gareth Murray has been Called up to the Scotland Squad for the Commonwealth Games in March. Gareth currently plays for the "Scottish Rocks" in the BBL and will join two of his team-mates in the Scotland team.

Following this weekend's JM Clash with the Muskies, Troon have away fixtures against Falkirk, Glasgow and Kings - so we wish them good luck - but not yet!!!

St Mirren Junior Men bt Troon at the weekend so remain favourites to retain second place in the League

 
East Lothian Vs Musketeers Cadet Men Sat 7th Jan 2006
Comfortable Win for Cadets
The Musketeer Cadet Men's Team travelled deep into East Lothian and had a comfortable win by about 66-33. Highlight of Coach Ritchie's trip was chatting to Scottish Olympic Bowling Legend Willie 'the' Wood over his pre-match cuppa.
 
Musketeers Cadet Men Vs Clark Eriksson Fury 7th Jan 2006
Juniors shake off New Year Hangover
It looked as if both Teams had over-indulged in the festive Mincemeat Pies  as Muskies trailed by 10 - 5 with seconds to go in the first quarter before Tom gave some respectability to the scoreline with a nice 3
 
The scoring rate improved for both teams in the second with the teams tied at 22 when Coach Grant took advantage of a Falkirk Timeout to inspire some fast breaks with Daniel scoring two lay-ups and a couple of free-throws in quick succession giving the Muskies a 34 - 26 half time lead.
 
Fury again closed the gap to 3 before their over robust defence gave Josh and Andy chances from the Line. A soaring Slam from Andy emphasised Arbroath's momentun at this stage and. with Fury No10 Chris Chok warming the bench on 4 fouls Muskies had total control of the defensive Boards as they pushed the 3/4 score to 48 - 36.
 
Fury again came out firing and started with two spectacular 3's from Ryan Govan but their defensive flaws soon saw three players on 4 fouls and the defenders walking on egg-shells as Andy strolled in for his second helping of Jam followed quickly by a 3. With Coach Grant rotating his players the lead fluctuated in the 10 to 15 range through the last 5 minutes with Daniel and Josh playing a nice game of Rim Rebound Ping-Pong as Muskies closed it out 75 - 58
 
 
 

Musketeers Junior Men lost out to Glasgow Rens in a thriller at Notre Dame. Scores were tied at 31 apiece at half time with Glasgow pulling ahead in the third only for Muskies to stage a spirited comeback and close the gap to 6 points in a tense last few minutes. This was a far better game than the one against St Mirren last week with players on both sides showing their true potential - a fact not lost on Scotland U 18 Head coach Tommy Campbell who had Travelled up ftom Troon to take in the match - Final Score 79 - 70
 
 
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Good Result for the Cadets as they beat Grampian Fliers 37 - 101 at RGU
 
 
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Disappointment at the Muskiedome as both Cadets and Junior Men lost out in Key Fixtures: Cadets lost 72 - 53 to Edinburgh Kings and the Junior Men led most of the way against St Mirren before losing out by 3pts (62 - 59) in a tense finish
Hopefully the Cadets will have done better in their Sunday fixture against Grampian
 
 
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All is quiet at the Muskiedome this weekend as both Musketeers teams travel for important games:
 
Musketeers Cadets are away to unbeaten Edinburgh Kings on Saturday 10th Dec at 3pm in a Top of the Table Clash
 
Musketeers Junior Men Travel to Linwood in a must-win fixture against St Mirren as they try to keep within a point of Table-Topping Glasgow
 
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Glasgow Beat St Mirren 63 - 45 at Linwood earlier today (Sun 4th Dec 2005) in a scrappy Game which keeps Glasgow in the driving seat of the League. Assuming Glasgow continue to have success, Muskies must beat them and St Mirren away and Kings at the Muskiedome, to force a League Play-Off
 
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Musketeer Junior Men beat Paisley Bullets 94 - 40 at the Muskiedome (Saturday 3rd December 2005)

The junior team today outplayed a game Paisley side in a warm up for some tougher tests against West Coast opposition in the next two weeks
Quarter Scores were  16 - 10,   46 - 16,  69 - 26 and 94 - 40
 
Coach Grant was able to rotate the bench almost from the start and everybody contributed to the scoring including useful contributions from Vaughan and Danny who had stepped up from the Cadet team who did not have a game this weekend
 
Top scorers for the Muskies were Andy G with 28 and  Graeme Sturrock with 25.
 
 
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Report from Scotball 28th Nov
Half way through the season and things have just hotted up. Glasgow were looking strong favourites for the title while second place appeared to be the target for the rest with Arbroath, Saints and Kings locked together on two losses and Fury and Troon close behind looking for some help from the others. With Kings unlikely looking away victory over Glasgow at the weekend, the complexion of the league has changed with Rens suddenly under a bit of pressure, particularly with next Sunday's visit to Linwood in mind. Saints are in the mood and looking for revenge after their controversial loss in the reverse fixture. Their recent form has been good and if Glasgow were to lose a second successive game then the title itself is once again up for grabs. If Saints are showing good form then so it must be said are Kings with some impressive results over the last month since their heavy defeat at Linwood. The Edinburgh side must be themselves fancying their chances and of course still have to host St Mirren at Portobello. If Saints can overcome Glasgow this weekend then part 2 of the revenge mission takes place the following weekend with the visit of Arbroath who have, over the last couple of years anyway, been unable to reproduce their "Muskiedome" form away from home. The next couple of weeks then are hugely important for Saints and might I suggest, could well prove the defining week in this season's Junior Men's League. If Glasgow can survive this week then they remain favourites. If not .....????

If you're not doing anything, get along to Linwood, 2.45 Sunday - it should be a "cracker".

As far as the rest of the league is concerned, I have been impressed with the progress of Grampian who looked very well organised by their coach. Dunfermline too seem to have some talent in their ranks. I fear for Bullets when Luka doesn't play and can understand his frustration. Terrific wee guy though - is he very young (or just a pint sized Junior)? I believe he posts on Scotball - if so, no offence intended, in fact respect for your game last week. Highland I suspect will take the wooden spoon this season (could depend on Luka's availability with Bullets) as they also look just a little out of their depth just now, but hey, i was thinking the same about Grampian last term and as I have said they now look a decent side.
So... from looking for some time like a one horse race, the JM League has suddenly become rather exciting with 4 real contenders. Bring on the rest of the season. :D