This weekend saw Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland battle it out at the Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff to earn the right to be called Celtic Cup champions.
The games got off to an action packed start with an end to end thriller between Wales and Scotland: the visitors taking the contest 62-54 – Scotland’s David Beattie led all scorers with 26 points and Wales’ Harri Jenkins put up 17 points for the hosts.
Demonstrating the competitiveness of the field, Northern Ireland topped Scotland 54-51 in the second contest of the day. Conn Nagle led Northern Ireland with 25 points while David Ion added 20 points for Scotland.
The final game of the first day delivered just as much excitement as the first two as Wales fell agonisingly short to Northern Ireland who held on for a nail-biting 43-42 victory. James MacSorley scored a game-high 19 points, while Jack Barlow and Luke Ravenscroft both added 10 points for Wales.
Northern Ireland went into the first game of the second day knowing a victory would seal the trophy but it was Scotland who struck a decisive blow winning the contest 64-53. David Beattie poured in an impressive 23 points for Scotland, while Conn Nagle added 16 points for Northern Ireland.
David Ion shone in Scotland’s final game with a huge 35 points to help his team to a 63-57 win over Wales. A victory that would ensure Scotland’s place at the top of the standings at the end of the tournament.
Northern Ireland roared into action in the final game of the Celtic Cup and didn’t take the foot off the gas. A standout performance from Northern Ireland’s James MacSorley (34 points) help his team to a 64-45 win over Wales and earn second place in the standings – matching Scotland’s record of 3-1 with only a marginally worse points differential.
Gold – Scotland (3-1)
Silver – Northern Ireland (3-1)
Bronze – Wales (0-4)
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