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Joel Osborne

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Posted Sunday, April 8th 2018

Vigor’s Scotland remain unbeaten at Commonwealth Games

Mike Vigor had 13 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists to help Scotland to a 96-81 victory over India at the Commonwealth Games.

Scotland join Coach Kapoulas' England side in the qualifying finals with a perfect 3-0 record.

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WHAT HAPPENED

Vigor was subbed into the game just four minutes into the opening period and made an instant impact, scoring a mid-range two, before sinking the three to level the game at 15 points apiece midway through the first.

Jonny Bunyan and Sean Nealon-Lino combined for 16 points the opening quarter, Scotland had opened up a seven point lead heading into the second, 33-26.

India were able to narrow the gap to just four points to force Rob Beveridge to call for time, his team leading 37-33.

Vigor found Ali Fraser for the baseline jump shot before crashing the offensive glass to extend Scotland’s lead to eight, 35-43.

Fraser flushed it home on the fast break to give Scotland a 49-41 lead heading into the locker room at the break.
Having used the bench for the majority of the first half, Rob Beveridge reverted back to his starting line-up to open the second half.

Kieran Achara opened the scoring in the with a nice pump fake and finish to restore Scotland's ten point lead, before a pair of threes from Achara and Murray pushed the lead out to 16 points. 57-41

Fraser received treatment following an elbow to the face, but the delay in play didn’t halt Scotland’s momentum. Achara stretched the lead to 20 points with four minutes to play in the third 65-45.

Scotland outscored India 29 points to 11 in the third period before 17-year-old Callan Low made the baseline three to extend the lead, 78-52 heading into the fourth.

Vigor was re-introduced to the game midway through the fourth and made a tough fadeaway jump shot at the shot clock expired to put Scotland ahead 91-75.

The Flyers captain completed his double-double in the final minute of the game as Scotland cruised to victory. 

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