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Posted Saturday, April 14th 2018

Vigor to compete for Commonwealth Bronze with Team Scotland

Mike Vigor and Team Scotland will compete for a bronze medal the 2018 Commonwealth Games after falling to Australia in the semi-final, 103-46.

The Flyers captain played in 14 minutes off the bench as Scotland fall to a 4-1 record on the Gold Coast.


WHAT HAPPENED

Australia opened the scoring with the wide open three, which was quickly answered back by a mid-range two from Ali Fraser.

Some excellent ball movement from Australia resulted in another pair of uncontested threes, not their way to 57% shooting from beyond the arc in the opening period.

The Australian lead soon stretched out to ten following an 8-0 run, to force Rob Beveridge to call his first timeout of the game.

Scotland were held to just 13% from the field in the opening ten minutes, and after scoring just two field goals in the period, Scotland found themselves down 20-4 heading into the second quarter.

The Australians went on an 11-2 run to open the second, which once again forced Coach Beveridge to use another timeout.
Scotland’s confidence began to grow late in the half, Nick Collins chasing down his own miss to complete a three point play, but Australia continued to bomb away from downtown, extending the lead 40-18.

Australia’s lead had grew to 26 points as the teams went into the locker room at the half.

A run of 23 unanswered points for Australia in the third ended with a three pointer from Chris Cleary, but the Aussies were well out of reach with the lead ticking over 50 points.

Scotland were outscored 35 points to ten in the third period  and trailed 32-83 with ten minutes to play.

It was all one way traffic in the fourth, with Australia getting their tally over 100 points to notch their highest sore of the tournament and book their place in the gold medal game.

Scotland will face either Canada or New Zealand in their Bronze medal game on Sunday, April 15th.

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