- National Teams
England under-16’s were beaten 102-67 by tournament hosts, Lithuania, in their Second Round opener at the European Championships, on Monday.
Alan Keane’s side drop to an 0-3 record in Group E and are now in danger of falling into the 9th-16th Classification Round where relegation becomes a possibility.
Josh Edwards top scored with an 11-point haul while Jacob Round added 10 points with all 12 players registering points for England.
Zephi Sharman opened the scoring after two and a half minutes of play before Boachie-Yiadom added four straight points to make it 8-4.
Cameron Bett scored six points in quick succession to extend the lead before Lithuania hit back to level at 17. Sharman went 1/2 from the free throw line to restore England’s advantage as they led 18-17 at the end of the first.
After Lithuania moved ahead, a 6-2 run including four points from Edwards gave England their final lead at 26-24.
An 8-0 run saw Lithuania break clear and despite a late triple from Round, England found themselves trailing 41-33 at the half-time interval.
Round added another three at the start of the third as England closed to within five before the hosts compiled an 11-4 burst to build a 15-point advantage at 59-44.
The lead soon grew beyond 20 points but Jacob Iwowo scored before the buzzer to make it 52-72 heading into the final quarter.
Lithuania made sure of their commanding cushion with a 13-2 start to the fourth as their advantage stretched past the 30-point mark.
Daniel Ogoro came off the bench and scored five points in quick succession as England battled until the final buzzer in the 35-point loss.
The under-18’s are in action again tomorrow when they take on Greece at 2:45pm (UK time).