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Despite a hanging around in the first half,Great Britain were dominated by Spain in the second, as they fell 86-69 on Friday afternoon in Lithuania at Eurobasket 2011.
Defending champions Spain remain undefeated in the tournament, whilst GB fell to 0-3, putting their game against Portugal on Sunday as a must-win if they are to retain any chance of advancing to the second round. Spain’s Gasol brothers dominated, combining for 39 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists.
Reflecting on the game, Head coach Chris Finch felt the team needed to go inside more:
“It was a better performance than yesterday, and much more like our display against Lithuania. We just had a hard time sustaining it again. One of our strengths is inside and we have to be more determined in that area.
“All credit to Spain, they were very good tonight and they took advantage of the inside game in the second half. I’m disappointed in how we responded to that – they also picked up the defensive intensity in the second half and we couldn’t get our rhythm back.”
Luol Deng once again led from the front with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, Dan Clark added a 14 point-12 rebound double double, whilst Reinking and Johnson had 9 and 8 points respectively. Ogo Adegboye made the most of his 7 minutes, to finish with 8 points. Devon Van Oostrum struggled from the field to remain scoreless but had 6 assists.
Check out what Nate Reinking and Dan Clark had to say after the game:
Poland 81 – 73 Portugal
Poland took care of business against Portugal to get their first victory of the 2011 Eurobasket. Lucasz Koszarek had 18 points for Poland, with Dardan Berisha adding 16. Antonio Tavares and Jose Costa led Portugal with 16 each. Box score, play by play and stats available here.
Lithuania 75 – 68 Turkey
Host-nation Lithuania remained undefeated as they sneaked out a seven point victory over Turkey with what was said to be overwhelming support from the crowd. A balanced team effort for Lithuania was led by Darius Songaila’s 12 points. Ersan Ilyasova had 20 to lead Turkey. Box score, play by play and stats available here.
1. Spain 3/0
2. Lithuania 3/0
3. Turkey 2/1
4. Poland 1/2
5. Portugal 0/3
6. Great Britain 0/3
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