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.
As part of a wide ranging consultation on the future of basketball in the UK which has witnessed more than 1000 people contribute, the new British Basketball Federation (BBF) Board recently held a meeting with representatives from the respective Boards of Basketball England, Basketball Scotland and Basketball Wales, as well as the Basketball Foundation, British Basketball League (BBL) and Women's British Basketball League (WBBL) clubs.
In an exciting development for basketball fans right across the UK, next month's showpiece Molten BBL and WBBL Play-Off Finals are to be shown live on the BBC red button and online via the BBC Sport website.
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