Bun­yan des­per­ate to get foot in the door with Great Bri­tain call-up

The Herald - Herald Sport - - FINALL SAY - MARK WOODS

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)

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