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Great Britain secured a huge 81-74 victory over Germany on Sunday afternoon at Eurobasket in Slovenia.
It moves them to a 2-2 record, with everything to play for as they take on Ukraine to finish up the first round on Monday, with their hopes of advancing to the second round, and making some history, still intact.
Tenacious rebounding, persistent defence and composure saw GB get their second wind of the summer, with emerging players Andrew Lawrence and Myles Hesson taking the lead role as their side overturned an early nine-point deficit.
“I thought we did a great job on keeping them (Germany) in check,” said Head Coach Joe Prunty. “On the offensive end, we got a lot of positive contributions from a lot of people. We had just seven turnovers which is a great effort. Andrew played his best game shooting well, and showing some great defence. Myles Hesson was great again. And Dan Clark played extremely hard, drawing a lot of attention out on the floor.”Devon van Oostrum was huge down the stretch, with 5 points in the last two minutes, including a huge three pointer with 51 seconds remaining which gave GB a seven point cushion.
From there, Lawrence sealed it at the line.
“It was a hard fought win,” said Lawrence, who finished with 23 points. “We really needed it. I’m really proud of the way everyone stepped up today. I’m really proud of everyone.”
There were some huge performances all around; Hesson had 21 and 11 rebounds, Clark had 17 and Kieron Achara joined them in double figures with 11.
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