Walshe claims bronze with England basketball

Evan Walshe

Evan Walshe - Credit: Archant

Oaklands College pupil Evan Walshe claimed bronze with the England basketball team at the Cherbourg U18 Tournament.

The 17-year-old helped England edge Anjou in a dramatic double-overtime third place play-off.

Despite trailing by eight at half-time, England battled back to force overtime as Keagen Allen netted a three just before the buzzer.

A second period beyond regulation ensued after Walshe held his nerve at the line with two clutch free throws. In double OT, England stormed clear to take the win with Evan Finishing on 12.T

“Overall, I believe the tournament was a great learning experience for our guys,” said head coach Stephen Barnes. “They gained an appreciation for the physicality and how mentally challenging European and tournament basketball is.

“To see the growth of us as a team, from the first game where we lost the game in that last two minutes to the final game where we came from behind and to go onto win in double over-time, is special and a feeling they will hold onto for a long time.”

The next tournament for the England U17 squad is a three way tournament versus Scotland and Sweden in June.

Walshe has received funding from the 948 Foundation.