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GB’s EuroBasket Hopes Dashed with Loss to Iceland

Great Britain Senior Men suffered a devastating blow with a 71-69 loss at the hands of Iceland on Wednesday night at the Copper Box, ending their EuroBasket 2015 and Olympic aspirations.

The defeat, GB’s third straight, extinguished any hopes the team had of qualifying for EuroBasket, and in turn Rio 2016, and left questions about the future of the British Basketball programme.

With funding having been completely withdrawn earlier this year, the programme doesn’t currently have the funding to continue operating into 2015.

Despite their best first half performance of the campaign which saw the team lead by as many as 13, GB fell apart in the second half, crumbling under the pressure of an Icelandic side led by Jon Stefansson who finished with 23.

A 28-16 third quarter from Iceland saw GB chasing the remainder of the way, and a last minute effort came up short.

Dan Clark finished with 14 points and eight rebounds, while Achara impressed with 15 points seven rebounds and four assists. Devon van Oostrum put on a first half clinic at the point guard position, finishing with 8 rebounds and 5 assists.

“I liked the effort we put out on the floor and especially in the first-half, when we were very much the aggressors,” said Head Coach Joe Prunty.

“We were making a real push and had a good balance, but at the start of the third quarter they began to make some big shots and got far too many offensive rebounds. We lost our way defensively a bit, while offensively we just couldn’t get the ball into post and we have to be able to move the ball much more quickly.”

Great Britain wrap up their campaign in Sarajevo on Sunday when they will face Bosnia and Herzegovina, with Prunty insisting his team will be ready to try and bounce back.

He said: “We are competitors and these guys have battled from the moment we got here. There are no issues about us fighting in this last game and it is not just about pride. It is about more than that, because as ever, the players will be representing themselves, their team and their country.”

Box score.


  1. quain

    August 21, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Es absolutamente vergonzoso, perder no solo el partido sino la esperanza de competir en el europeo, perdiendo en casa con un rival como…Islandia!!! Un hombre Steffanson, ha sido capaz de dirigir a su selección a la vistoria, un tipo de 2 mtrs te atrapa 14 rebotes!!! Esto es culpa de la financiación??? Haya que dejar de escudarse en aspectos imaginarios y la realidad es que el talento de estos jugadores, debería al menos haber ganado este partido, algunos de ellos juegan en la liga mas fuerte del mundo exceptuando la nba! Este entrenador es nefasto, no ha sacado nada del grupo, acumulando derrota tras derrota contra selecciones de cuarta división! Exigencia ya! la afición británica no merece estos ridículos, y el dinero no es excusa, no creo que la federación portuguesa, islandesa, georgiana, danesa, letona,bielorusa, etc etc dispongan de mas medios que la inglesa, por dios!

    • Matt

      August 21, 2014 at 11:44 am

      Google translation:

      It is absolutely disgraceful, losing not only the match but hope to compete in the European, losing at home to a team like … Iceland !!! Steffanson A man has been able to lead his team to Vistoria, a type 2 mtrs gets you 14 rebounds !!! This is because of the funding ??? You have to stop hiding behind imaginary aspects and the reality is that the talent of these players should at least have won this game, some of them play in the strongest league in the world except the nba! This coach is harmful, has not released anything the group piling defeat after defeat against fourth division selections! Requirement already! British fans do not deserve these ridiculous, and money is no excuse, I do not think, Icelandic, Georgian, Danish, Latvian, Belorussian, Portuguese etc etc federation to have more media than the English, by God!

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  4. E

    August 21, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    I wonder if Luol came to watch,I know he is in the country with his Luol Foundation Top 50 camp

  5. Roy

    August 21, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Well done Matt :)

  6. scroofjuice

    August 21, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Depth or coaching? Depth and coaching? Just…argh.

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