GB U20s Get First Win, Beat Luxembourg -

GB U20s Get First Win, Beat Luxembourg

GB U20s vs Luxembourg
The Great Britain Under-20s secured their first victory of the Division B European Championships as they rolled over Luxembourg 85-56 on Saturday in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

Ryan Richards led GB with a 20 point-11 rebound double double, Devon Van Oostrum added 15 points, 3 rebounds, and 9 assists, Alex Marcotullio had 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists, while Ali Fraser had 12 points and 3 rebounds on 6/7 shooting.

Head coach Tim Lewis was happy to get the first victory under their belt:

“It was a scrappy game but it was always going to be. They’re a persistent team, but we had to go out there and do a job. We got the win, and we had the opportunity to play everyone in the squad. We achieved what we set out to do, so I’m pleased with how it went.”

Full stats, play by play and box score are available here.


  • GB starters: Levi Noel, Devon Van Oostrum, Alex Marcotullio, Ryan Richards, Ali Mackay
  • Devon’s father Duco Van Oostum is currently out in Bosnia following the team and blogging for the BBL website (of all people!). Read his thoughts on the game vs Luxembourg, makes interesting reading.


  1. dave

    July 17, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    not sure why the BBL website is not a proper place for Ducos blogs?

    The vast majority of the 50 or so fans who went to Poland for eurobasket in 2009 were affiliated to BBL teams. The more links between the BBL and the GB/England programs the better, surely?

    This website is also a fantastic resource and credit to Sam for spending time on it but we really need to get past the petty rivalries that have split the game in the past. The more coverage of our U20s the better. The more links between our pro league and our developing kids the better

    • Sam Neter

      July 17, 2011 at 9:28 pm

      My personal view is that the BBL website should be for the BBL. I don’t like all the cross posting between BBL/EB/GB. If I go to any of their sites, I go there for information about their respective organisation.

      The BBL website is terrible enough as it is without having to trawl through other non-related content to find what you’re looking for.

      Furthermore, in this situation, Duco’s blogs are actually really good and something that I think people who are interested in following the GB U20s would love to read. Sticking them on the BBL website just means very few people will see them who are actually genuinely interested in the team.

      It’s nothing to do with petty rivalries, just how I feel information should be organised on websites.

  2. dave

    July 18, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    except the vast majority of basketball fans who follow our national teams are BBL fans. The vocal groups at the games in Poland and at Newcastle and in Liverpool last summer were fans from Chester, Sheffield, Newcastle and Leicester all grouped together making noise.

    The more postings on more basketball sites about our national teams the better. I just cant see the problem, sorry.

    • Sam Neter

      July 18, 2011 at 9:14 pm

      You’re statement about the vast majority of basketball fans who follow our national teams being BBL fans, I’m assuming, is based on those who actually attend their games. It’s not truly reflective of those who are interested.

      This site is going to get over 20,000 visitors this month and the content which gets the most interest? National team stuff. Any BBL stuff that is posted, gets VERY little interest. Which makes me assume, very few of these visitors will go to the BBL website to find information on the national team-meaning Duco’s content is being missed by many.

      I genuinely believe Hoopsfix is exposing the national team programmes to an audience they never had before, simply because the information about them is SO hard to find and all over the place (like on the BBL site!). How many young players outside of the national team programme would know who’s in the junior national teams if it wasn’t for this website? I’m not being big headed about it, but I believe very few. Who would have seen any of these players play if it wasn’t for this website? Very few.

      The website has grown so big so quick because it does the complete opposite of every other basketball website in the UK-makes information easy to find, easily digestible with information people actually want to see.

      Sure you may not see the problem, that is fine, you’re of course entitled to your own opinion, but people not seeing the problem is EXACTLY the problem in my opinion.

      • Joe

        July 18, 2011 at 9:48 pm

        So true Sam, don’t know how we managed without you. Thank you for your site and all the background work you do.
        England Basketball was asking for nominations for volunteer of the year – isn’t it obvious to the entire 20,000 visitors this month there is only one person that deserves it and that is YOU.

  3. passerby

    July 18, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Maybe it’s just that the BBL is such a Mickey Mouse organisation/league, the connections with Junior basketball (i.e. up to U20) is so minimal, and it could be interpreted as the BBL is gaining brownie points by association with something that they have little to do with.

    Sam – why wasn’t Duco’s blog on your site, where it would obviously fit so much better?

    • Sam Neter

      July 18, 2011 at 9:15 pm

      Unfortunately the BBL got to him first and I hadn’t thought to ask! Otherwise, of course, I would’ve gladly had it on here.

      Next year!

  4. Roy

    July 18, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    First, I wonder how many people realise just how much prepartory work goes into designing, administering and, above all, updating a web site as good as this one? I know that Sam “webmasters” this site entirely in his spare time as he has a day job.

    Comparing this web site to the BBL (and other basketball) websites is a little like comparing a Rolls Royce with a Robin Reliant .

    I gues it is, obvioulsy true that the majority of BBL fans (not sure how many that might be!!!) would monitor the BBL web site, but I am quite confident that there are far more fans of basketball in its entirety who regularly monitor this web site.

    I agree wholeheartedly re the comments about Duco. . Did you know he was a fan of mayonnaise!!!!!!!!!

    I hope that the advent of this web site will go some way towards helping the development process of the sport.

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