Great Britain Under-20s completed a clean sweep of their 9 warm up games, with a 61-55 win over Netherlands on Wednesday afternoon in Ipswich.
Their second game of the series was by no means as easy as the first, with the Netherlands refusing to go down without a fight and capitalising early on GB complacency.
“I thought we were a little distracted coming into this game,” commented head coach Doug Leichner after the game. “Guys were thinking about the trains they were taking, where they were going the next four days (off), but, to their credit, when we needed to buckle down in the second quarter and into the third, they were able to do that.
“Holland played very well today, they were a team, they gave us a lot of problems, but I’m happy with the result, to get that at this stage is very good.”
Devon van Oostrum had 21 of his 29 points in the first half, with Rowell Graham adding a 15 point, 12 rebound double double and Matthew Don scoring 4 points and pulling down 16 rebounds.
With a four day break now in their schedule, the team will meet up again on Sunday when they will fly out to Romania for the 2013 Division B European Championships, which they will tip off July 12th against the Slovak Republic.
Coach Leichner is feeling good about the team’s chances.
“I think you have to be confident,” he said, looking ahead to the next couple of weeks, where they will also face Luxembourg, Romania, Poland and Hungary in the opening round. “Anything you keep score of you want to win, every drill in practice we play to a certain score and (at) the European Championships, our goal is to win it and there should be nothing wrong with saying that – that’s what you wanna do.
“You want to compete and you want to win a championship and now we have to go out, put it all together and do it on the floor.