August 4th, 2012
European U18 Women's Basketball Championships Division B in Strumica, Macedonia
Scotland 46 Switzerland 53 (at Sports Hall Park)
Attendance - 45
Strumica is a city of about 35,000 people tucked into the southeastern part of the country. In the past it has hosted UEFA Cup matches, UEFA Regions Cup qualifiers, and European Women's Champions league. However, over the past few weeks, it has hosted some of the best U18 basketball players in Europe.
The first game I went to was actually a classification for 15th-16th place. The day was quite warm, around 37C, which is normal for this part of Macedonia in the summer. The stadium where the game was held looked old, and slightly rundown. There was little of no movement of air from outside, so the conditions inside were not the best for playing or for watching. To my surprise, 30 people (family members and friends) were at the game to support Scotland, while a half dozen were there from Switzerland. Not counting these people, almost no one else was at the game. The local men's first division professional basketball team also plays at the Sports Hall Park.