ACHARA RELISHING SCOTS CAMEO

Great Britain forward Kieron Achara will make his first appearance for Scotland in six years when he captains the side in a friendly against Andorra in Stirling on Friday evening.

The 6’8” forward, who plays for Italian League outfit Barcellona, is in the GB’s squad for next month’s EuroBasket finals in Lithuania.

However he admits that the emotional lure of a brief return to the Scottish fold was too strong to resist.

“It’s good to be back,” Achara said.

“Tom Campbell was my coach at Under-18 level so it’s been a reminder of that. And it’s exciting to get the chance to play in my hometown and captain the side in front of friends and family. It’s also good preparation for GB to get some competition and a run out.”

The game, and the second leg of the series on Saturday (3pm), are the Scots only fixtures this year after Basketball Scotland’s controversial decision to withdraw from European competition. And Andorra, who play as a club side in the Spanish third division, will provide a tough test.

“They’ll be really organised because they play together all the time,” Achara said.

Cheshire Jets forward Gareth Murray is also set to return to the Scotland line-up after a two-year absence.

 

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