- National Teams
- Brits Abroad
- Brits in College
Great Britain Under-16s advanced to the quarter-finals at the European Championships in style after maintaining their unbeaten record with a 64-54 victory over Portugal in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Tuesday.
James Vear’s side go through as Group D winners with a perfect five wins from five and will face either Hungary or Bosnia and Herzegovina in the last eight.
Tomiwa Sulaiman led the way with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds with Mate Okros also adding 18 points in the win.
GB started with a 9-3 opening, but were pegged back with their lead cut to just two points by the end of the first quarter at 15-13. Portugal were within one early in the second, but Okros’ triple pushed GB ahead by five – and that gap remained at the half with the score 30-25.
An 8-2 start to the third quarter saw GB trail for the first time in the game and after a spell of exchanging baskets, they put together a pivotal 11-2 run to re-gain control to take a 50-41 advantage into the final period.
GB kept things tight in protection of their lead as they held their opponents to just a single field goal in the first six minutes of the fourth.
Portugal managed to cut their deficit into single figures, but GB were able to complete a fifth successive win to edge closer to promotion to Division A.
– GB’s starters were Pandza, Shodunke, Okros, Sulaiman & Hughes
– Pandza injured shoulder early in third following an unsportsmanlike foul
– Greece, Netherlands and Czech Republic also advance without defeat
– GB conceded just 48.4 points per game throughout the group stage
The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.