Great Britain Junior Men won the Bronze medal at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival today, as they beat China 19-15 in the third place game.
“We were down by quite a little bit,” said guard Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye, speaking after the Bronze medal game.”We called a timeout, we regrouped, we got ourselves composed as a team and gave the Chinese team a little hammering at the end!”
The team, made up of England Under-16s Lautier-Ogunleye (’96) and Josh Steel (’97), and Scotland’s Malcolm Winning (’96) and Gregor Gray (’96) finished the tournament with a 5-3 record, securing victories over Indonesia, China (twice), Australia (green), and New Zealand, whilst losing to eventual Gold medalists Australia (gold), and a combined Oceania side.
The tournament wasn’t without interruptions however, following too much heat on Friday (Sydney experienced its equal hottest day on record!) and rain on Saturday, the venue was changed from Darling Harbour to an indoor gym at the Sydney Boys High School Gymnasium on Cleveland St, Surry Hills.
Check out some video below that includes an interview with Lautier-Ogunleye and highlights from their bronze medal game, including a nice dunk down the lane!The junior women’s side was not quite so successful, finishing with a 1-5 record with their sole victory being over Indonesia.