Friday, 23 July 2010

Under-20 women one win from promotion; men play for fifth

Damian Jennings was a relieved man after Great Britain’s under-20 women survived a late scare against Israel to book a place in the European Championship Division B semi-finals with a 72-65 victory.
GB now need to beat either Portugal in Saturday’s semi-final to clinch a place in the European Championship Division A next season
"We are obviously pleased to make a semi, but we are treating it like a grand final" Jennings said.
"We came here to compete and I believe we are ready to produce the performance necessary to progress."
If Jennings' team were to win the game they would become the first British age-group team to reach the top tier of European basketball since the current two division system was adopted six years ago.

Meanwhile, Great Britain’s under-20 men bounced back from their heartbreaking failure to qualify for the semi-finals of European Championship B Division to hammer Portugal 91-66 on Friday.
Tim Lewis' side will now face Israel in the fifth place play-off on Saturday, and the GB coach was delighted with how his team reacted following their elimination from the promotion round.
"We were a little bit tired, and that's why the major players didn't play too much. But it was another good performance, and everyone contributed.
"We're really come together as a group , they're great team-mates and that gets us through games. It wasn't easy for them to miss out on the semi-finals, and they could easily have walked away from this one. So it's a real credit to the boys that they've stuck at it. We're looking forward to tomorrow and staking a claim for fifth place."
Five Brits were in double figures, with Alex Marcotullio leading the way on 17 points, as all 12 GB players got on the scoreboards.


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