Bunyan desperate to get foot in the door with Great Britain call-up
GLASGOW ROCKS guard Jonny Bunyan hopes his form this term will earn a Great Britain call-up for this summer’s EuroBasket qualifiers, with the 23-year-old Scot set for another lead role against Leeds Force tomorrow as Sterling Davis’s men bid to clinch their place in the BBL playoffs.
British Basketball chiefs have been accused of a fudge after it was confirmed that the national teams will be run by a committee, involving Basketball Scotland, until a new management structure comes into place next year.
However Bunyan, who has averaged 7.9 points per game this term, claims playing alongside GB captain Kieron Achara has made him even more determined to strengthen his case.
“I’d love a chance,” he said. “I had a taste of it with the Under-20s. Plus you can’t be around Kieron without feeling positive about the senior side. He’s always telling stories about his experiences and he takes a lot of pride in what he’s accomplished with GB and I’d love to have that.
“I’ve worked on a lot this year and I’ve had a good stretch of games. A lot of it is about having more confidence and that’s come from Kieron and Sterling. I know I still have to improve, especially defensively, but if I can keep doing that, maybe the chance will come.”
Achara proved the late saviour as Glasgow edged out Leeds 75-74 on their previous visit to the Emirates Arena eight days ago. Yet with the ninth-placed Yorkshiremen fighting to keep their playoff hopes alive – and only one of the Rocks final six league games against an opponent with nothing to play for – Bunyan is expecting one scrap after another in the BBL run-in.
“It’s going to be close,” he said. “I always thought at the start that the title would be between Leicester and Newcastle and everyone else would be fighting it out and that’s how it’s been. We didn’t play well when we went down to Leeds and neither of us played that well when they came up last week. We 200 Renfield Street, Glasgow G2 3QB. email: [email protected]herald.co.uk. Tel 0141 302 7156
Sports editor Graham Shields / Deputy sports editor Gordon Stevenson held on and that was big for us but I expect it’s going to be another tight game.”
Leicester can close the gap to leaders Newcastle to four points with three games still in hand by beating Bristol tonight.
Leicester Riders v Bristol Flyers (7.30)
Glasgow Rocks v Leeds Force (5pm), Plymouth Raiders v Cheshire Phoenix (4pm), Manchester Giants v Surrey Scorchers (6pm)