GB Under-18s Make Statement with Opening Win

Great Britain Under-18s laid down a marker with an emphatic 84-55 victory against Czech Republic to open their Division B campaign at the European Championships in Tallinn, Estonia.

Alan Keane’s side raced out of the blocks and never looked back as they make a 1-0 start to the tournament.


Caleb Fuller top scored with 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting with Kayne Henry and Nelson Boachie-Yiadom also in double figures with 12 and 11 points respectively.

“It was just the start we wanted with very balanced minutes for all players,” commented Head Coach Keane.

“No stone was left unturned with the scouting and preparation for this game. The assistant coaches did an awesome job with that. However, full credit goes to the players for executing and bringing the game plan and scouting report to life.

“Tomorrow is the most important game of the tournament for us. On to the next.”

GB opened with a 10-0 run with early triples from Russell and Henry with the lead quickly growing to 19-4. A 6-0 close gave GB a 29-13 advantage at the end of the first and they continued to push on in the second.

The gap hit 20 points at 39-19 before GB closed the half with a 10-2 run to take a commanding 49-26 lead into the interval.

There was no let up in the third with GB’s lead extending beyond 30 points with just nine points conceded in the quarter as they moved 71-35 ahead going into the final period.

Czech Republic took the fourth 20-13, but GB were still able to record a resounding victory with four games still to play in Group A.

Box score.

GB U18s return to action tomorrow for their second game against the Netherlands at 6:30pm tomorrow.

  • JohnB

    Hardly a game that “makes a statement” Very poor standard and a distinct lack of fundamentals. Still, a win is a win. Just hope there is a great improvement.

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