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England under-16’s rounded off their Group A campaign in style with a dominant 79-32 win over Luxembourg at the European Championships in Strumica on Sunday.
Alan Keane’s side were already assured of progression to the Top 8 and improved to a 4-1 record in Group A, where they finish 2nd behind Belgium.
Thai Segwai-Lodge led the way with 24 points on 3/4 shooting from downtown whilst adding 8 steals. Carl Wheatle scored 16 points while Nelson Boachie-Yiadom and Sam Japhet-Mathias added 10 points each.
The game was evenly poised at the end of the first as Luxembourg took a slender 10-8 advantage after the opening 10 minutes. However, England seized control in the second period outscoring their opponents 19-3 to lead 27-13 at the half-time interval.
England pushed further clear in the second half using a 15-2 run in the third to extend their lead to 51-28 heading into the final quarter. The fourth was a completely one-sided affair with Segwai-Lodge setting the tone by starting and finishing a 12-0 start with 3-pointers. The guard was to add two more scores from beyond the arc in a 14-point 4th quarter haul while England allowed just four points to wrap up a convincing 79-32 victory.
England move onto the Top 8 alongside Group A winners Belgium in Group E. They first take on Israel on Tuesday before playing Slovenia on Wednesday needing two victories to guarantee their place in the semi-finals.