- National Teams
The new-look Great Britain Senior Men’s squad had a rough start with a 59-88 defeat at the hands of Belgium on Friday night at the Vertu Motors Arena in Newcastle.
In a game that four players got their first caps, and with nine of the 12 having under five appearances for GB, the inexperience showed for GB, as they managed just 29.6% shooting from the field, including 15% from beyond the arc.
“We’re bitterly disappointed with the outcome,” GB Head Coach Marc Steutel said after the game.
“One of the things we’ve done really well within the squad is develop a level of realistic intent and professionalism in our approach and we’ve tried to instil that in our younger guys that played.
“While we’re disappointed with the outcome I think there will be small parts of the game that hopefully we can build upon for the future and I think that’s the most important part about today.”
Carl Wheatle, in his first game as captain, led the team in scoring with 15 points, while Amin Adamu had 14 as the only other player in double figures. The game has no ramifications with the squad already knocked out of World Cup qualifying.
Jonathan Tabu had 15 points without a miss to lead 5 players in double figure for the visitors.
GB now travel to Serbia to wrap up the World Cup qualifying campaign on Monday night – as Serbia need a win to qualify.