Sunday, 16 August 2009

Turks out-last brave GB

Great Britain produced a gritty showing at London’s 02 Arena against European giants Turkey but slipped to a 70-63 defeat in their second warm-up ahead of next month’s Eurobasket finals.

With Scottish forward Kieron Achara returning after missing Friday’s lame 70-56 loss to Poland, the hosts went 6 points ahead in the first quarter and coped with the Turks pressure to trail by just 33-30 at half-time.

In a bad-tempered third period, GB edged in front with an 8-0 run again but Turkey broke open a 48-48 deadlock at the start of the fourth with a 9-2 burst. And although a three-pointer from Achara helped cut the gap to 1 in the closing stages, they came up short.

GB, led by 11 points from Nick George, face Israel in their final game.

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