- National Teams
England under-16’s suffered their first defeat at the European Championships after falling to a 56-52 defeat against Belgium on Saturday.
However, despite the loss, Alan Keane’s side qualify for the next round where 8 teams will battle it out for the three available promotion spots.
Nelson Boachie-Yiadom was the only player in double figures for England as he top scored with 12 points while there were 8 points apiece for Kemar Hawes and Luke Mitchell. Sam Japhet-Mathias added 6 points and 6 rebounds while captain Carl Wheatle finished with 6-5-5.
England made a bright start to the game opening with a 9-2 run before being pegged back by their opponents who countered with a 7-2 response. Wheatle’s first points of the game made it 13-9 and the score remained the same at the end of the first.
Jacob Iwowo made it 18-9 after netting from beyond the arc but again Belgium stayed within reach. Boachie-Yiadom closed the half with 3/3 from the foul line to give England a 25-19 advantage at half-time with both teams shooting below 30% from the field.
Belgium gained control in the third after a 19-3 start to the quarter put them up by 10 at 38-28. England responded with the next six points and a pair of free throws from Hawes meant they went into the final quarter facing a 40-36 deficit.
They levelled at 40-40 only for Belgium to push clear with a 9-0 burst with 6:33 remaining. Boachie-Yiadom sparked the comeback for England with another 3-pointer starting a 12-2 run capped by a basket from Wheatle which gave his side the lead at 52-51 with 1:31 to go. Belgium quickly re-gained the lead and would then seal the win from the free throw line as both teams progress.
England play their final group game on Sunday against Luxembourg at 15:30 BST.
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