GB Senior Men Fall in Israel -

GB Senior Men Fall in Israel

Great Britain Senior Men suffered a 78-69 loss at the hands of Israel on Sunday in their latest EuroBasket 2017 preparation game.

Joe Prunty’s side are now 1-2 in official prep with their next game in London as they face another clash with Greece.

GB were in control early on, but a fired up Israeli squad used a 7-0 run at the end of third, led by Dawson, to take a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the way.

Andrew Lawrence led GB with 15 points, Dan Clark had 12, whilst Teddy Okereafor and Gabe Olaseni joined them in double figures with 11 and 10 points respectively.

Israel were led by 16 points from Gal Mekel.

GB Assistant Coach Nate Reinking commented:

“I thought we came out really well and played with great energy, especially in the first half. We just gave up some costly turnovers here and there which led to them getting points on the break.

“But overall, it was a great team effort. We stayed solid, Israel made a run and we couldn’t knock some shots and free throws down which cost us at the end.

“We’re improving every week. We’re coming to London and hopefully we get a great week of practice and we keep doing that, because the goal has to be to peak at the end of August.

“Chemistry is what has impressed me the most over the four games. I think these guys are really enjoying being around each other and that shows up on the court. Once we get a few more days of practice under our belt and we continue to grow, then we should be ready to go when EuroBasket hits.

“I hope the fans in London will see a GB team determined to maintain the tradition of turning out performances every night and we’re hopefully going to get the win in front of our own fans.”

Box score.


– GB starters: Lawrence, Nelson, Murray, Clark, Olaseni
– It was Luke Nelson’s first official GB Senior cap – scoring his first points in the third
– Mockford, Boateng, Dang Akodo, Killeya-Jones & Josephs DNP
– GB lost 90-62 in a closed door match-up with Israel on Saturday. Clark, Boateng and Lawrence did not play, whilst a number of first year players saw time.

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