- National Teams
England Under-15s returned from Copenhagen with a third place medal after defeating Sweden 80-57 in their final match-up on Sunday in Denmark.
Great honour to represent @bballengland in such a great tournament @CPHinvitational #GreatLessons @FIBA #CongratsEverybody #U15M pic.twitter.com/rwO4s7C8U3
— Manuel Peña (@manuel_pg83) June 18, 2017
After going through the group stages undefeated with wins over Malbas of Sweden (82-56), Iceland Blue (72-50) – who they overcame with just 8 players due to a bout of food poisoning spreading across the team – and Denmark Red (90-78), England fell to Estonia 83-68 in the semi-final to set up a bronze medal game with Sweden.
Meanwhile, Ipswich’s Veron Eze impressed enough to make the All-Tournament team, despite missing a game with an achilles issue.
Results & scorers:
England 82-56 Malbas
Veron Eze 17, Marcus Bucknall 10, Josh Mims 8
England 72-50 Iceland Blue
Veron Eze 16, Alex Distras 10, Saul May/Malachi Boakye-Yiadom 9.
England 90-78 Denmark Red
Veron Eze 24, Malachi Boakye-Yiadom/Alex Distras 11.
England 68-83 Estonia (semi-final)
Marcus Bucknall 18, Pharrell Wallace-Steele (’03 born) 12, Josh Mims/Cameron Hildreth/Alex Distras/Malachi Boakye-Yiadom 7.
England 80-57 Sweden (Bronze medal game)
Josh Mims/Malachi Boakye-Yiadom 17, Marcus Bucknall 14.
Here is Head Coach Manuel Pena Garces speaking after their win over Denmark: