- National Teams
England Under-16’s defeated France Under-15’s 68-50 in their opening warm-up game last night as they step up their preparations ahead of this summer’s European Championships.
Jacob Round top scored with 15 points with Kareem Queeley also in double figures with 10, while Richard Amaefule and Mate Okros added nine and eight points respectively.
England made a strong start and opened up a 28-11 advantage at the end of the first quarter before extending the gap to an impressive 25 points at half-time, up 45-20.
In the third, the hosts battled back with a 19-8 period, but England were able to regain their control in the fourth and edged the final quarter to complete a 68-50 success.
“This first game of the summer schedule uncovered key areas we need to focus on and prioritise in practice,” said England U16’s Head Coach Alan Keane.
“The game not only highlighted these immediate areas for development, but also allowed us the players an opportunity to show where they are in their development.
“It showed us what they can offer in this moment and now the job of the coaching staff is to build a system (tactical) around the strengths of the players and grow their game technically and mentally in preparation for the Euros.
“I am excited and energised by the work ethic, effort and togetherness of this group, including the coaching staff. Taking small steps forward in every moment is our goal and we will be ready when we are ready.”
England finished 10-of-26 from the free throw line and committed 27 turnovers, but were still able to defeat the French squad.
Keane’s side will compete in Division B this summer and go up against Scotland, Ireland, Israel, Macedonia and Hungary in Sofia, Bulgaria from 11-20 August.