GB Under-18s Suffer Agonising First Loss, Drop to 2-1 -

GB Under-18s Suffer Agonising First Loss, Drop to 2-1

Great Britain Under-18s suffered their first loss at the European Championships in Tallinn, Estonia after falling to Sweden 67-69 on Sunday.

Alan Keane’s side drop to 2-1 in Group A, but are still well placed to advance to the last eight with games against Luxembourg and Albania to follow tomorrow’s rest day.

Caleb Fuller top scored with 11 points, while Hosana Kitenge grabbed 12 boards to go with eight points with Kayne Henry adding nine points and 11 rebounds.

Box score.

GB scored the opening four points of the game and led 16-13 by the end of the first. Sweden hit back in the second to lead by as many as five, but GB responded to go in level at 28-28 at half-time.

Both teams struggled to find their range in the first half with the flow of the game also disrupted by numerous fouls at both ends.

GB re-gained their lead through Nelson Boachie-Yiadom early in the third as the two teams traded baskets throughout. Sweden compiled a 7-0 run late in the quarter before Romario Spence’s basket made it 50-49 to GB ahead of the final 10 minutes.

A tense finale ensued with the game level at 61-61 heading into the closing stages. Neither side had gained control until Sweden scored the next five points and despite GB’s battling finish, they fell short with Kaiyem Cleary’s 3-pointer attempt for the win rimming out.

GB finished 0-of-15 from beyond the arc with Sweden’s Erik Persson netting five in his 25-point haul.


Starters were Russell, Henry, Cleary, Boachie-Yiadom & Kitenge
– Jacob Round was a DNP having limped out of yesterday’s game against the Netherlands.
– GB will qualify for the last eight if they win both of their final two games

GB U18s are next in action against Luxembourg at 2pm UK time on Tuesday.

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