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Achara keen to show young bloods how it’s done

On Sunday, the very best of Scottish basketball take to the court one last time before they compete at Gold Coast 2018.

A Scotland Select team will face off against Glasgow Rocks at Emirates Arena in a special showcase, prior to the BBL Trophy Final.

The Scotland team features an intriguing mix of veterans and future stars, including the likes of Fraser Malcolm who is currently applying his trade in the States and fellow youngster Callan Low who is coming off a winning season with Myerscough College.

While it may only be an exhibition fixture, both camps realise the importance of the friendly encounter.

“I’m looking forward to the game,” began Rocks Select Coach Darryl Wood.

“It will be a good test for the players that will be part of the Rocks’ set up during the Commonwealth window.

“Our regular guys can also go out there and have some fun and enjoy the limelight.

“We’ve had a bit of time off since our last Championship fixture. The break has allowed us to refocus and start preparing to make a statement during the Play-Offs,” concluded the play-caller.

There will be a familiar feeling on court, with several Rocks players suiting up for Scotland. Trash talk, therefore, is almost inevitable.

For Great Britain international Kieron Achara and American Rocks teammate Earl Brown, social media has provided the perfect platform to land a few early blows.

But beyond the laughter and obvious bragging rights that would come with victory, the game will offer valuable game-time for a Scotland team looking to cause an upset at the Commonwealth Games.

“It will be nice to get an opportunity to get some court time with the rest of the Scotland side,” began Achara.

“The game should be equally beneficial to the Rocks guys. There are some important games coming up in the BBL while the rest of us are away.

“My only worry is we beat them so bad on Sunday we take all their confidence away,” concluded the veteran with a smile.

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