Scotland’s incredible journey at the 2018 Commonwealth Games came to end in the early hours on Sunday morning with a typically spirited showing in the third/fourth place play-off.
Despite Scotland falling 69-79 to a strong New Zealand roster, the side recorded their best ever finish at a Commonwealth Games by finishing fourth – capturing the hearts of many around the world in the process.
“This is the most proud I have ever been to play basketball,” reflected Scotland’s Fraser Malcolm.
“Nothing compares to representing Scotland.
“The players on this team played with so much passion and the support staff we have had around us have been second to none.
“The support we’ve received definitely drove the team on.
“After every game I was inundated with a ton of notifications: congratulating us and telling me how proud everyone was of what we were achieving.
“That was our goal from the start, to represent basketball in the best way possible and make Scotland proud!
“The future is bright for this team.
“The younger players have a ton of talent and play with such passion.
“I think these Games have reenergised the older players too and reminded us all of our love for the game.
“As a younger player myself, it was great for me to play alongside and learn from the players I idolised when I was growing up.
“I hope this journey can inspire the next generation and gets more Scots involved in such a great sport.
“In the future, it would be great to see a full pathway in Scotland to allow players to remain at home instead of going abroad.”