Scotland seal third successive Celtic Cup title
A weekend of top class wheelchair basketball took place at the University of South Wales, Caerloen Campus as Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland battled it out on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August in a bid to win the Celtic Cup 2013.
Host Wales took on Northern Ireland in the first match of the tournament and assisted by a huge 45 points from Philip Pratt they secured a 62-40 win to open their campaign.
Northern Ireland looked to bounce back in the second match but were up against a strong Scottish team who had yet to lose a game in the history of the Celtic Cup. With only one point between the two teams after the first quarter, Northern Ireland kept the current holders at bay to only a five point lead 30 -25 at half time. However the depth on the Scotland bench proved too much for Northern Ireland and led by captain Steven Ross’ 15points they stormed to a 70 -48 win.
Scotland’s win meant that the final match against Wales would be the decider, and what an intense conclusion it was to be. Wales came out with purpose and, backed by the vocal support from the home crowd, pushed ahead to a 17 – 10 lead at the end of the first quarter. Scotland upped their defensive pressure in the second quarter and brought the game back to lead by just one point at half time. In the second half, both teams fought fiercely as the lead exchanged hands numerous times but it was Scotland who sealed the win 50-41 and maintained their unbeaten record at the Celtic Cup 2013.
British Wheelchair Basketball Chief Executive, Charlie Bethel, said: “Congratulations to Scotland on their third year of winning the Celtic Cup, it was a thrilling final match and could have easily gone either way. This year the tournament was more competitive than ever and the talent that was on show this weekend really proves that this competition is aiding development of wheelchair basketball in the home countries. We must thank The Lord’s Taverners and Disability Sport Wales who without their support the tournament could have never taken place.”