Great Britain’s Senior Men bounced back from last week’s defeat to Austria with a 61-75 victory against Cyprus, in Nicosia, on Monday evening.
Alberto Lorenzo’s side are now 1-1 in Group D of the EuroBasket 2021 Pre-Qualifiers with their final two games taking place in the February window.
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Myles Hesson led the way with a game-high 21 points with Ovie Soko and Gabe Olaseni also in double figures with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Teddy Okereafor filled the stat-sheet with eight points along with six rebounds, six assists and five steals.
Cyprus moved ahead early with a 9-0 run to double up the score at 14-7 before GB found success inside to close the gap with captain Dan Clark coming off the bench to beat the buzzer with his side trailing 20-16.
Clark and Soko hit threes to put GB ahead at 26-27 with 4:07 left in the half, which sparked a 16-2 burst with Okereafor and Hesson also hitting from downtown in a hot spell for the visitors. Cyprus closed on a 6-0 run, though GB were still ahead at the half with a 34-37 advantage.
GB strengthened their grip in the third as they held their opponents to just 10 points in the quarter, while further triples from Okereafor and Hesson helped establish a double-digit cushion with the lead pushed out to 44-56.
The gap continued to grow in the final period with GB in firm control with Hesson driving baseline for a big dunk en route to wrapping up a comfortable success, despite some late threes from the home side.
GB only gave up 8 turnovers compared to 17 from Cyprus with 9 of 27 shooting from 3-point range, whilst holding their opponents to 37% from the floor.
– GB’s starters were Justin Robinson, Teddy Okereafor, Gareth Murray, Ovie Soko & Gabe Olaseni
– Andrew Lawrence missed the game through injury (back)
– Will Saunders replaced Lawrence in the 12-player roster
– Ryan Richards & Carl Wheatle DNP
– GB face Cyprus at home next year on Feb. 21 before finishing away in Austria on Feb. 24
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