- National Teams
England under-18’s just fell short of a memorable comeback victory against Hungary after going down 72-71 in their second Group E game at the European Championships in Austria, on Thursday.
Karl Brown’s side battled back from as many as 16 points down in the third and had the chance to win it at the buzzer only to miss a three.
Kyle Carey again top scored with 16 points while Andre Arissol added 15 points and Carl Wheatle (pictured) posted a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds.
An even start ensued with Aidan Gastaldi-Davies netting an early three before Hungary went on a 7-0 run to take control.
Four points off the bench from Arissol closed the gap but Hungary closed the opening quarter with an 8-2 run to lead 20-11 after one.
After the lead had grown into double figures, England responded with spells of 9-2 and 7-0 runs to close within three points.
However, Hungary enjoyed the better close once again and went into half-time with a 38-29 cushion.
Five unanswered points midway through the third saw the lead balloon to 16 points with Hungary in firm control.
A 7-0 response gave England hope but a couple of late triples in the third helped Hungary take their lead back up to 15 at 66-51 ahead of the fourth.
The key to England’s revival in the final quarter were their defensive stops as they limited their opponents to just two points in the first five minutes whilst adding nine of their own.
A 3-pointer saw Hungary lead 71-60 with 4:49 remaining before England reeled off nine points in a row to close within two points heading into the final minute.
After top scorer, Ballint Mocsan, went 1/2 from the line, Carey’s basket cut the lead to a single point and England had the chance to win it after forcing a turnover but a three from Danny Evans wouldn’t go for the victory.
The under-18’s now compete for as high as 5th place and play their next game on Saturday at 7:15pm (UK time).