National Teams

Great Britain Reduced to 13 Ahead of Latvian Match-up

August 26, 2011 17:27 pm 11 comments

by Sam Neter

Laurence Ekperigin and Matthew Bryan-Amaning have both been released from the Great Britain team as they prepare to face Latvia on Saturday.

Neither cut comes as a major surprise after both played sparingly during the London International Basketball Invitational last week. The three younger players on the side, Andrew Lawrence, Ryan Richards, and Devon Van Oostrum, have all held onto their spots after surprising many with their performances so far.

The roster now stands at 13, with the final cut expected to be made after Saturday’s game.

The roster is now as follows:

Great Britain Men’s Senior Roster

Ogo Adegboye
Robert Archibald
Eric Boateng
Dan Clark
Luol Deng
Joel Freeland
Kyle Johnson
Andrew Lawrence
Mike Lenzly
Nate Reinking
Ryan Richards
Andrew Sullivan
Devon van Oostrum

The injury to Dan Clark’s hand sustained at the Olympic test event last week has been deemed not serious, but he is expected to be rested against Latvia, with head coach Chris Finch saying:

“Dan should be okay. There’s no significant damage that we didn’t expect. We won’t play him at the weekend, but we expect him to be okay for Lithuania.”

Looking ahead to the game against Lithuania he commented:

“We’ll be trying to get in rhythm, to get our top players going.”

GB team take on Latvia tomorrow in Jelgava at 15.00 BST, their last warm-up game before their Eurobasket campaign begins against Lithuania, Turkey, Spain, Portugal and Poland.

What do you think? Surprised by the cuts?

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