Round Hits Winner as England U16s Overcome Czech Republic -

Round Hits Winner as England U16s Overcome Czech Republic

Jacob Round converted a tough three point play with three seconds remaining to give England Under-16s a 64-63 win over Czech Republic on Friday afternoon at the Division B European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Trailing by 14 at half time, England refused to go down without a fight and led by Mate Okros – who had 18 of his team-high 21 points in the second half – clawed their way back into the contest.

Within 8 with a little over 7 and a half minutes left in the game, a 10-2 run saw England tie the contest at 54 with 3 minutes remaining before Czech once again pulled away to take a 5 point lead and appeared to regain control before England once again fought back.

Two missed free throws from Czech Republic with 8 seconds remaining left the door open for England, down 61-63, setting up Round’s heroics.

“Down 14 at half time we had to get the balance right of holding players accountable for effort and execution in first half and building belief that we can win this game,” Head Coach Alan Keane said after the game.

“Full credit must go to all 12 players who came out in the second half and committed to excellence in each moment which transferred to better box outs, better rebounding, better offence and braver mindsets. We believe that belief itself is one of our strongest weapons especially in moments like today when we need it most. The players will enjoy this moment for a few hours while the coaching staff are now preparing for the next game. We are not satisfied with anything until we win the final game.”

Kareem Queeley added 12 point, 12 rebound double double for England, Daniel Ogoro had 10 and Josh Ogundele added 9 points and 7 rebounds. Round finished with 8 points.

England will now play for fifth place on Saturday at 2pm against the winner of Belgium – Belarus.

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