The addition of Pops Mensah-Bonsu to the GB Senior Men’s team wasn’t enough as they lost to Finland last night 81-77 in a game that was easily winnable.
As has been a problem in the past, GB struggled from the free throw line in the closing minutes, missing 7 successive free throw attempts in the fourth quarter.
Nate Reinking led all GB scorers with 18 points (15 in the first half), Matthew Bryan-Amaning added 14, whilst Ogo Adegboye had 13 before fouling out. Pops Mensah-Bonsu started strong and finished with 12 points and 6 boards.
Finland won the three-team tournament, edging Canada to second place with GB finishing third.
This game was there for the taking, GB really need to sort out their free throw shooting-look at the team’s percentage over the last few years..off the top of my head it’s something like 60%.
Finch’s rotations are interesting and changed drastically from Wednesday with veterans Reinking and Boyd featuring a lot more heavily in the backcourt after barely playing against Canada.
Pops Mensah-Bonsu had the highlight of the game with a powerful dunk in the final moments.
Crowd was dead. Despite big efforts from myself and Sillky courtside, very few people seemed to want to join us lol.
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