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Great Britain Under-20s moved to 8-0 in their warm-up games with a comfortable 87-66 victory over the Netherlands on Tuesday evening in Ipswich.
Playing in a school gym packed full with over 300 fans, GB made light work of their opponent despite never appearing to get out of second gear.
“I thought we got off to a good start offensively, we shared the ball which is one of our major areas of emphasis, and we got them rotating a little bit,” said head coach Doug Leichner after the game. “Defensively, I thought in the first half they missed shots, not because of our defence, they just didn’t get good looks. You saw that in the second half they got some really good looks, so that is a concern for us on defensive end that we need to tighten up.”
Leichner added that to play in front of a home crowd was a welcome change, after four consecutive games on the road in Europe.
“It’s tremendous, we’re used to the whistles and the boos so to have the crowd actually cheering for us, we all kind of looked around and were like ‘oh they’re on our side!’, so it’s always good to be back home,” he said. “This is a great environment for us, so to be a little bit of road warriors and to come home to some good home cooking is tremendous.”
Devon van Oostrum once again led GB with 24 points, Nick Lewis had 13, Matthew Don had 12 and Rowell Graham added 9 whilst both players crashed the glass hard. Every GB player got off the bench, with 11 of 12 getting on the scoresheet.
Netherlands will be looking for revenge in Game 2, which will take place on Wednesday afternoon at Copleston.