- National Teams
Great Britain Senior Men will have to get through Iceland and Bosnia & Herzegovina in their Group A qualifying games for Eurobasket 2015, after the draw took place in Barcelona on Monday afternoon.
Great Britain will begin their campaign in Iceland, on Sunday August 10th. Their first home game comes three days later, when Bosnia-Herzegovina arrive on British soil on August 13th. Iceland play their return game in Britain on Wednesday August 20th, while the Great Britain squad must travel for their final game in Bosnia-Herzegovina which takes place on Sunday August 24th.
Venues, tip-off times and ticket information will be confirmed in due course.
The players immediately took to Twitter to react:
— Drew Sullivan (@drewsullivan8) February 3, 2014
— Kieron Achara (@KieronAchara) February 3, 2014
— Dan Clark (@Dan00Clark) February 3, 2014
— Kyle Johnson (@SmoothKJ88) February 3, 2014
Twenty-six teams were drawn into seven groups (A-G) with the group winners plus the best six runners-up qualifying for EuroBasket 2015 in the Ukraine. To determine the best runner-up on a fair basis, results will not count against the team which finishes fourth in those groups containing four.
The full draw is as follows:
Group A: Bosnia-Herzegovina, GREAT BRITAIN, Iceland
Group B: Montenegro, Israel, Bulgaria, Netherlands
Group C: Germany, Poland, Austria, Luxembourg
Group D: Belgium, FYR Macedonia, Belarus, Denmark
Group E: Czech Republic, Georgia, Portugal, Hungary
Group F: Latvia, Sweden, Slovakia, Switzerland
Group G: Italy, Russia, Switzerland, Romania
Speaking after the draw, National Teams Director Warwick Cann said;
“It is always tough to qualify for EuroBasket. This is our primary goal this summer and we obviously will prepare well to reach that goal. Our staff can now plan the preparation phase in detail.”
“We have been through this qualifying experience before so we know the challenges involved. We look forward to bringing our squad together to continue to develop towards qualification and our longer term goals.”