Friday, 28 August 2009

Finch blasts slipshod GB

Great Britain coach Chris Finch issued a wake-up call to his side after they were beaten 78-67 by Macedonia in their penultimate warm-up friendly ahead of next month’s Eurobasket finals.

Despite 14 points from Nick George, plus 9 from Robert Archibald, GB - who trailed 39-27 at half-time - produced an error-filled showing following a bright start that saw them lead 9-0. And although Finch was boosted by the return of Flinder Boyd after injury, he admits there is work to do before their opening group game, against Slovenia, in 9 days time.

Finch said: "It was really poor. For the first time I thought we played pretty uninspired. We played really stupid and I was embarrassed by our performance tonight.

“We have been playing hard and competing, but tonight we couldn't do any of that which was frustrating because the game was there for us to win.

“We have a lot of work to do before Poland. The first thing is to get everybody fitter and then after that we have to learn how to make each other better and play through the tough times."

GB face hosts Turkey in a fifth place play-off on Saturday in their last tune-up tie.


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