Stirling Knights are celebrating the success of three of the club’s coaches who have been appointed to national squad coaching positions by Basketball Scotland.
Head Coach of the Lady Knights teams Dave Evans, has been appointed as assistant coach to the Under 16 Ladies national team and head coach to the Under 14 Girls.
Knights community coach Jack Burgess, who won young coach of the year at the Stirling Sports Awards in November, has been appointed assistant coach to the Scotland Under 14 Boys.
And Knights Head Coach Pete Duncan rounds off the success having been appointed as assistant coach to the men’s national team and will work alongside head coach Iain McLean.
Coach Evans said: “To be given this opportunity to build my knowledge of the sport and to attend the U16 European Championships under head coach Luis Romero is a dream come true.
“His experience and knowledge helps me to progress as a coach at both club level and national squad level.
“ As the U14 Scotland Girls head coach, I get the opportunity to push my coaching at the highest level and to pass on my coaching style to the selected squad.
“ I’ll certainly be looking forward to the start of the programme in March. These opportunities are not only great for me, but for the development of Stirling Knights.
“All the skills that I learn will be used to help build the girls section of Stirling Knights.”
On the court, the Knights men let a 12-point lead slide when they lost to Glasgow Rocks 72-67.
Despite going up early 16-6, the Stirling men felt the loss of unavailable guards in David Porter and David Hannah, as they had to work hard for every point.
When big men Mark Duncan and Matt Dick fouled out in the fourth quarter the writing was on the wall and despite Daniel Donnelly doing his best to keep Knights in it another loss was inflicted.
Matt Dick and Daniel Donnelly with 18 points and 11 rebounds each were top scorers.
The club’s youth teams were in action, with the U12 boys team continuing their fine season with four more big wins which takes them to 11 games unbeaten, led by the play of outstanding duo Lewis McGlasson and Ruari Doherty.
The U14 boys also scored a fantastic win over West Lothian with Iain Shilliday, Jacob Franklyn and Evan Dobbie showing their potential.
The U14 girls split their games with Dunbar, winning one and losing the other however the girls showed great spirit and their future on the court looks bright.
The U16 boys notched two wins to remain top of the Regional Development League, thanks mainly to the fine play from captain James McNeil.