On Friday 15th March our school basket ball team, The MOL Lakers and supporters bus left MOL at 8am for our first ever national tournament. The MOL LA Lakers qualified for the JnNBA finals in Glasgow.
Upon arrival at The Emirates Stadium we were very fortunate to receive a tour of the building and all of their sporting facilities, this included getting to see Sir Chris Hoy’s race bike which is locked in a gold cage at the side of the velodrome!
The LA Lakers first game was against Memphis Grizzlies, which we won comfortably with a score of 48-28 to LA Lakers!
We then went on to play Chicago Bulls Liberton in the final, the raining champions for the last two years. The MOL LAKERs scored the first basket and were leading at the end of the first quarter! Everyone was very excited and the energy in the stadium for our wee team from the Highlands was incredible!! Unfortunately we did not manage to maintain the lead. This turned out to be The LA Lakers toughest game of their career. They fought hard right up until the very last second. LA Lakers worked tirelessly as a team, always supporting and encouraging each other. Unfortunately we lost to Liberty who have now won the JnNBA three years in a row. Although we were all very disappointed to have lost this game, we have secured second place winning a silver medal which is a stupendous achievement!!
In the evening we watched The Glasgow Rocks play The Manchester Giants. The game was very entertaining and pupils loved being able to meet some of The Rocks basket ball stars.
‘I’ve been to Glasgow before and its a long way to travel but I think it is more than worth it. It’s great to have the opportunity to play other cities and be able to watch The Glasgow Rocks.’ Theo Cartwright, P7
‘The semi finals was a great game! The finals was really really tough! Although it was tough it was a very good experience, I would encourage younger pupils at MOL to get involved in basketball because its a great sports and The MOL Lakers are going places!’ Mia Croall, P7
‘I went to Glasgow to support the team and I thought our team, The LA Lakers did really well! I like how they work together and how committed they are on developing all the skills Tracy and Alex has taught them. Everyone had great team spirit, were very respectful and nobody was bitter about coming second. I was very happy for them when they got the silver medal because they worked so hard to get to go to Glasgow. They have trained incredibly hard and absolutely deserve the glory of silver.’ Calvin Cornthwaite, P7
To conclude we are all extremely proud of our basket ball team and supporters. They were a true credit to Milton of Leys Primary School! Baring in mind some of our players only started playing basketball in January what they have achieved in such a short space of time in truly incredible!! Of course none of this would have been possible without our wonderful coaches! We would also like to say a HUGE thank you to Mrs Tamijmarane and Mr Murdoch for their dedication and commitment to The MOL LA Lakers.
MOL LA LAKERS are officially Scotland’s second best primary school basketball team in Scotland! Next year we hope to reach the top spot.