Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Great Britain go down to Israel despite Pops haul

Great Britain lost 86-82 to Israel on Tuesday night in Tel Aviv despite a huge performance from Pops Mensah Bonsu.

The ex-NBA forward led GB with 25 points and 15 rebounds but could not halt the hosts from pulling away after the sides were level at 63-63 midway through the second half.

Despite the loss, Britain's third four-point defeat of the summer, head coach Chris Finch remained positive:

"It was an encouraging performance, and we gave ourselves a chance to win the game. It was good for us to play in front of a high-energy crowd, because we'll have to face that kind of pressure when we're on the road in the European qualifiers. Their three-point shooting really hurt us, especially in the second half. But when we played physically we were pretty effective."

Finch's men face the Netherlands on Wednesday in their final warm-up ahead of next month's European Championship qualifiers

"They've lost both games pretty heavily, but they're a decent team and those results aren't indicative of how good they are," he said.

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