- National Teams
England under-16’s fell to their second defeat at the European Championships after being beaten 91-77 by Turkey in Lithuania, on Friday.
Alan Keane’s side will finish Group A with a 1-2 record due to Russia’s suspension but will not carry any wins into the next round.
Nelson Boachie-Yiadom led the way with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds while Cameron Bett also registered 15 points as all 12 players got onto the scoreboard.
After an even start to a high-scoring opening quarter, Turkey moved ahead with an 8-3 run. After falling down by as many as nine points, Boachie-Yiadom scored five points in a 7-0 run as England closed to within two points.
Turkey had the final say in the quarter after beating the buzzer with a triple to make it 31-24 at the end of the first.
Bett netted two 3-pointers in the early stages of the second as England closed back within two only for Turkey to pull away with the next seven points.
A 5-0 burst from England narrowed the gap but Turkey still went into the half-time break with a 52-47 advantage.
The first four points of the third were scored by England as they made it a one-point game. However, Turkey responded with a 12-0 run in a pivotal moment in the game.
Another 6-0 run from Turkey kept their lead in double-figures after a three from Micah Savery-Richards, and England found themselves trailing 74-60 at the end of the third.
The lead reached as many as 19 points in the final quarter before England hit back with a 9-2 run to keep the scoreline respectable with the fourth finishing 17-17.
England were out-rebounded 57-42 and shot 50% from the free throw line after converting 12 of their 24 attempts.
The under-16’s await conformation of their next opponent with tomorrow’s scheduled encounter with Russia going down as a 20-0 win for England.
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