The Standard Life GB Under-20 men's side lost 75-67 to Belgium in Namur last night as they continue their preparations for the European Championship Division B, starting on July 12 in Bulgaria.
Great Britain were led by Ali Fraser, who scored 20 points in a game where coach Dave Smart was unwell and couldn't lead the side. Assistant John Campbell was in temporary charge.
Afterwards, GB Under-20 team manager, Mark Lloyd admitted that the side needs to up their defensive intensity if they are going to succeed in Sofia next week.
"It was a tough game against a well organised and competitive Belgium side who have already beaten a few Division A sides," Lloyd said. "We need to up our defensive intensity for fourty minutes. We played well in the third but need to return to a level that we can play to. We will re-group and raise the bar for tomorrow night."
In a close first quarter, Belgium held a narrow 16-13 lead and they maintained it at half-time, leading 35-23.
GB came back strong in the third and had a 51-50 advantage at the end of the period.
Belgium though were too organised and got the victory.
Great Britain gets a second chance against Belgium tonight.
The Standard Life GB women's side played their first games together this year against Belarus on 12 and 13 May and new coach, Damian Jennings, is pleased with the progression of the team after the first few days of camp.
Standard Life GB men's and women's basketball squad captains Drew Sullivan and Julie Page are back in London this weekend to promote the legacy aspects of the BBL Foundations work through Proj3kt 3on3.