England Under-18s moved to 3-0 on Day 2 at Future Stars with convincing victories over Bosnia & Herzegovina and Sweden at Surrey Sports Park, Guildford.
In their opening game of the day, a dominant second half led to a 64-47 victory over Bosnia & Herzegovina. Luke Nelson led a balanced scoring effort from England with 11 points, Mo Soluade added 9 whilst Dwayne Orija finished with 8.
Bosnia & Herzegovina were led by 15 points from Ivo Garic and 11 from Predic Milenko.
After a two hour break, their second game of the day saw England dominated Sweden on the way to a 76-55 victory. The Under-18s held Sweden without a score for the first 7 minutes 12 seconds of the game, and saw their lead balloon to as many as 30.
“I thought our defence was exceptional,” said assistant coach Karl Brown at the end of the day. “Our rotations were good and we’ve got build up our wall defensively to be successful in Europe; we were the best defensive team last year in the B Division so we’re looking to try to do that in the A Division as well.”
Bosnia & Herzegovina beat London United 66-55
Haris Curevac had 15 to lead Bosnia & Herzegovina, with Aleksandar Lazic adding 14. Andy Tamayo had 21 to lead London United, with Elvisi Dusha adding 14.
Croatia beat Sweden 88-74.
P. Marinelli had 22, K Zganec had 16, whilst D. Jelener finished with 15 for Croatia. Ludde Hakanson had 19 for Sweden, J. Lofberg had 16.
Saturday 29th June
13:00 Sweden v Bosnia & Herzegovina
15:00 Croatia v England
17:00 Sweden v London United Harefield Academy
20:00 Bosnia & Herzegovina v Croatia
Sunday 30th June
15:00 3rd / 4th Place
- Ben Mead sat out the first game for England, whilst it was Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye who sat out the second after a suffering a nasty cut above the eye in the opening game.
- England starters against Bosnia & Herzegovina: Luke Nelson, Mo Soluade, Tamas Okros, Ben Lawson, Kingsley Okoroh.
- England starters against Sweden: Tyrell Isaacs, Mo Soluade, Ben Mead, Ben Lawson and Kingsley Okoroh.
- Couple of highlights on the first day with a full slate of games; Kingsley Okoroh dunked on Sweden’s big man lightweight, whilst Luke Nelson dropped his defender before hitting the jumper against Sweden, and had a nice no look against B&H to Kavell Bigby-Williams for the dunk.
- Bosnia & Herzegovina played the majority of their game against England without their head coach, who got ejected early after receiving his second technical foul.
- Bosnia & Herzegovina’s Nedim Buza, who is considered one of the best prospects in Europe in his age group, has sat out both of their games so far.
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