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FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Trophy Tour takes in iconic British sights
LONDON (FIBA EuroBasket 2017) - On the latest stop of the FIBA EuroBasket Trophy Tour, the Nikolai Semashko Trophy was paraded in iconic locations across the United Kingdom.
Beginning in Glasgow on Thursday, the FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Trophy Tour had a number of stops within the stop, including Stirling, Manchester, Cardiff and London, with no shortage of stunning backdrops for a photo shoot along the way.
Accompanying the Trophy Tour on its first part of the journey was Scottish and British basketball icon Keiron Achara.
The Great Britain captain was full of praise for FIBA's efforts to bring the Trophy Tour to the British Isles.
"I feel that any exposure is great, especially with a culture for basketball a little bit lacking. I've already had so many friends and family asking questions so creating this statement is great for the game and I'm thankful that FIBA had the opportunity to bring the trophy."
Achara also suggested that his trip to Istanbul for Group D action, where he will be hoping to also remain for the Final Phase, will be his third and last Final Round experience.
"I'm already getting a bit older and this is most likely the last EuroBasket for me with the team. So I want to have a great finish and I want to leave a legacy for Great Britain. It means a lot and I’m really excited for the opportunity to be in the Final Round."
Continuing on from Glasgow, Sam Dunk and the Nikolai Semashko Trophy moved on to Stirling, also taking in the William Wallace memorial, a figure who Great Britain could look to for inspiration ahead of their own underdog journey.
A visit to Manchester came next, before carrying on down to Cardiff, where The Lord Mayor, Monica Walsh was only too happy to pose for a photo opportunity.
The tour then concluded at the O2 Arena on Sunday, where the trophy was on display during the British Basketball League men's and women's Finals, with over 15,000 fans turning out for the season finale.
For the record Leicester Riders rode to a comfortable victory in the men's Final 84-63 over Newcastle Eagles. In the women's Final, Sevenoaks Suns came back for a 70-61 win over the Nottingham Wildcats.
The Trophy Tour will now enjoy a brief break, before hitting the road in Belgium on May 24.