Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Under-20s thrash Norway

GB Under-20 Men produced a scintillating performance to hammer Norway 83-47 in their first game of the second stage at the European Championship Division B.

The Norweigans had emulated GB by finishing second in their first stage group, but they were blown away as GB led from tip to buzzer on their way to a big win. Will Neighbour led the GB scoring finishing with a 24-14 double-double in 33 minutes of action, with Jack Stannard and Ovie Soko each finishing with 13 points, plus four and seven rebounds respectively.

Tim Lewis' team out-rebounded Norway 39-16, and outscored them from all areas of the court - finishing with an impressive 62 percent from two point land, 53 percent from outside the arc 87.5 percent from the foul line.

The GB coach couldn't hide his delight at the victory: "Like I said yesterday, the team is really starting to believe in themselves" he said.

"It would be wrong to single out any individual as it was a great team effort. You could look at Will's stats or the great contribution from Jack Stannard, but ultimately it came down to unselfish play from all of the team. We finally have a group of players who know that if they work together they will be successful and get the wins.

"Offensively we were excellent, but it was our defence that really stood out. We knocked down passes, got the deflections and out-rebounded them. That was some of the best basketball I've seen for a long time."

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