GB UNDER-20 MEN SUFFER FIRST DEFEAT OF EUROPEAN CAMPAIGN
The Standard Life GB under-20 men lost 69-61 to Belarus in their last Group C game of the European Division B Championship in Sofia.
Devon van Oostrum was not in the line-up for GB, who were led by Ali Fraser's 16 points and eight rebounds. Londoner Jesse Chuku secured a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Brits.
Louis Sayers scored four of the first six points for GB to start as they led 6-0 early, and they led 10-2 mid-way through the first before Belarus stormed back to end the first quarter strong. GB though still led 17-15.
Sayers extended GB's lead to 27-22 mid-way through the second period, but Belarus ended the half in the lead 34-33.
GB unfortunately couldn't hit their shots in the third quarter, as Belarus took full advantage and snatched the lead, ending the period up 52-43.
Despite GB's best efforts, Belarus were up double digits for the majority of the last quarter and secured the win.
Italy produced a decisive response in the fourth quarter to secure a 60-48 victory against Great Britain in EuroBasket Women 2017 qualifying Group C at the Amaechi Basketball Centre in Manchester on Wednesday.