Monday, 7 September 2009

GB’s basic priorities

Expect Great Britain coach Chris Finch to go as big as possible for much of the games, even if it costs his team some points on fastbreaks.
The likely starters will be Flinder Boyd and Mike Lenzly in the backcourt, Andy Betts and Rob Archibald at the forward spots, and Pops Mensah Bonsu in the middle – handing Joel Freeland and Nick George the task of bringing relief and more athleticism off the bench.
From within the locker room, the keys are:
- Score 15 points in transition
- Make 70 per cent of free throws and get to the line as frequently as possible
- Limit turnovers and play to the inside strengths.
- Pray the guarding by committee isn’t a gaping weakness.
As an extra note: there are 13 Brits on action on the court in the first round. The lucky extra is ace BBL referee Roger Harrison, who is taking part in his first major championships.

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