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England under-18’s suffered their third straight defeat at the European Championships after being beaten 71-67 by Iceland in Austria, on Saturday.
Karl Brown’s side saw another valiant fightback fall short, as it did against Hungary, and will now play for 7th place on Sunday.
Calvin Nevill-Kintu top scored with a game-high 19 points while Kyle Carey was the only other player in double figures with 10.
Carl Wheatle and Max Edwards both ended the game with 7 points and 7 rebounds apiece.
Iceland set the tone early on with the opening seven points. However, England later responded with a 7-0 run of their own to take their first lead.
Nevill-Kintu scored five points during the positive spell and then netted from beyond the arc at the buzzer to make it 17-15 in England’s favour at the end of the first.
The second quarter proved costly as Hungary opened with a 17-1 run to build a commanding 14-point lead at 32-18.
England closed the half with the last four points but still headed into the interval facing a 37-24 deficit.
Danny Evans and Andre Arissol both netted 3-pointers either side of an 8-0 run from Iceland with the gap growing to as much as 17 points at one stage.
Carey scored his first points of the game with six late in the third as the quarter ended with Iceland 57-42 ahead.
There was still a 15-point differential with less than six minutes remaining before England compiled a 15-0 run to tie the game at 67 with Nevill-Kintu scoring nine straight during the comeback spell.
Four points from Iceland closed out the game as another fightback from England just fell short in the closing stages.
England finished shooting 33% from the field but did manage to score 20 points off of their opponents’ turnovers.
The under-18’s return to action for their final game tomorrow when they take on Georgia at 12:30pm (UK time).
Image credit: FIBA/Ville Vuorinen