Former Scotland and Great Britain basketball captain Bill McInnes – regarded as one of the country’s greatest-ever players – has died at the age of 71 after a brief illness, it has been announced.

Currently serving as the chair of the British Basketball Federation, and a long-time chairman of Basketball Scotland, McInnes was both a player, coach and official at Boroughmuir Basketball Club in Edinburgh and was the fulcrum of the team when they won the British title in 1972.

He earned 172 international caps, including 49 for GB – holding the record appearance mark for over three decades.

A former manager at Wester Hailes Education Centre in his home city, he was awarded the OBE in 2000 for services to the sport.

He is survived by his wife Andrea, his children and grandchildren.

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