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The GB Under-20s were unable to get their Division A European Championship campaign off to a winning start with a 69-56 defeat at the hands of Turkey on Saturday afternoon in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Despite getting the better of the early exchanges, GB fell behind before the halftime break, and were put to bed in the fourth with a 9-0 Turkish run in the final 3 minutes sealing the outcome.
Kareem Queeley led GB with 17 points whilst being hampered by foul trouble, with Kayne Henry, Nathan Robinson and Jacob Round all adding 8 points a-piece, whilst Hosana Kitenge finished with 10 rebounds and 5 steals to go with his 7 points.
Despite the loss, Head Coach Karl Brown remained positive.
“That was a very positive start against a tough Turkish team, and it’s always good to get the first game jitters out of the way,” said Brown, reflecting on the contest. “We’re heading in the right direction with the players showing strong character and resolve. Now we just have to look forward to tomorrow’s game against France.”
GB return to action on Sunday when they face France.
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