- National Teams
England under-18’s have reached the next round at the European Championships after claiming their fourth win in a row by beating Estonia 65-46 in Austria, on Monday.
Karl Brown’s side finish second in Group A with a 4-1 record and will now compete for a semi-final spot as they move into Group E alongside Poland.
Calvin Nevill-Kintu top scored with 12 points, while Kyle Carey was the only other player in double figures as he added 11 points along with 5 rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
After an even start, England used a 7-2 run to break clear with Carey taking his tally to seven points early on.
Estonia closed the quarter with the final five points but it was England who had the advantage at the end of the first with a 19-15 lead.
Luke Mitchell opened the scoring in the second with a 3-pointer to spark a 9-0 run over the first five minutes to take control.
Estonia ended their drought but another three from Danny Evans and a three-point play from Nevill-Kintu saw England take a 34-23 lead into half-time.
Aidan Gastaldi-Davies scored the first five points in another 9-0 start to a quarter as England again held their opponents scoreless over the opening five minutes.
Nevill-Kintu took the lead beyond the 20-point mark with a score from downtown and England would eventually lead 52-33 at the end of the third.
A low-scoring start to the fourth allowed England to defend their comfortable lead and the final quarter was split 13-13 as Brown’s side made it four wins in a row.
England kept Estonia to just 22% shooting from the field and converted 15 points off of their opponents turnovers despite being out-rebounded 51-39.
The under-18’s will carry their defeat to Poland into Group E and will play two games on Wednesday and Thursday in hope of reaching the semi-finals.