England U15s Finish 4th in Copenhagen - Hoopsfix.com

England U15s Finish 4th in Copenhagen

The U15 Boys Development Squad returned from the Copenhagen Invitational tournament last week with a 4th place finish under their belt, unable to successfully defend the title they won last year. It was better news for Scotland however, as their U16 side took 2nd place, losing 55-46 to Holland in the final.

The England squad topped their opening group after wins against Vaerlose (Danish 1996 Born champions) and a side representing the East region of Norway followed by a tight 78-71 loss to Iceland’s national team. They were beaten soundly by the Netherlands in the semi-final and were nipped in overtime in the 3rd/4th playoff game by the same Norway East team they had already beaten.

Coach Andreas Kapoulas commented:

“The Denmark trip was a great experience for our players and highlighted the areas that we as a group need to work on. The games were a lot more physical than we are used to and that was very evident especially in the semi-final versus Netherlands. The players represented their country with pride and their behaviour was excellent. However, we now need to go back and make technical and tactical improvements in our game so when we get the next opportunity to compete at this level, we are ready for the challenge.”

There was individual recognition for England’s Joe ”Junior” Mvuezolo and Scotland’s Joshua McGilvray as both were named to the All tournament team.

Copenhagen Invitational Final Standings (15 Men)

1. Holland
2. Scotland
3. Norway East
4. England

England U15 Results & Leading Scorers

Game 1
England beat Vaerlose 51-43
Joseph Swindells 9, Sedale Hanson-Young 8, Joe Junior Mvuezolo 7, Joshua Steel 7

Game 2

England beat Norway East 77-64
Joe Junior Mvuezolo 18, Theo Oghide 14, Joseph Swindells 11

Game 3
Iceland beat England 78-71
Theo Oghide 19, Joe Junior Mvuezolo 13, Marko Backovic 9

Game 4 (semi-final)
Netherlands beat England 71-51
Theo Oghide 16, Marko Backovic 11, Joshua Steel 6, Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye 6

Game 5 (3rd/4th Place Playoff)

Norway East beat England 75-72
Theo Oghide 15, Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye 14, Joseph Swindells 14



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