Alford Community Campus hosted the Scotland Open Boys Basketball Schools Cup quarter-final recently, with the Alford Academy team playing last year’s cup winners, Stirling High School.
Alford started the first quarter really well, with a zone defence upsetting the visitors and great movement in offence giving Alford a 19-12 lead at the end of the quarter.
The second quarter saw Stirling start to get their offence firing and in particular they found their three-point range, scoring five three-point baskets in the quarter. Alford kept up their good offence and managed to keep Stirling down to a one-point lead at half-time, 38-39.
Alford’s offence started a bit slowly in the second half, but with their defence still holding strong and also closing the three-point shooting down, they ended the third quarter down by only eight points 50-58. In the final quarter, the Alford team offence started to struggle, with some rushed shots and lack of movement. Stirling took advantage of this to open up a lead, which the Alford boys were unable peg back no matter how hard they tried.
It was an exciting game and a great effort by the Alford boys against a team who have several players playing in the National Men’s League Division 1. Well done to the team and their coach, David Wyllie, for another fantastic season.