Croatia end GB U20 Men’s European Championship Division A dream

Great Britain’s hopes of promotion to FIBA U20 European Championship Division A were ended by a 69-53 quarter-final defeat against Croatia in Chalkida, Greece on Friday.

Andreas Kapoulas’ side came up just short against one of the tournament favourites as their 17 turnovers were converted into 29 Croatia points – with four of their players scoring in double figures.

Jules Dang Akodo and Josh Steel impressed once more for the Brits with 12 points apiece, but it was not enough to avoid a last-eight exit.

GB will now face Poland on Saturday as they play for fifth place.

A five-point first quarter from Sam Idowu, including a deep three-pointer, helped reel Croatia back in after a quick start.

Croatia increased the intensity in the second period, but GB were able to keep in touch despite their struggles from long range, as they closed the half on a 6-0 run.

The Brits came out of the blocks quickly in the third period, Kyle Carey completing a swift break. But Croatia again had another gear, and poured in nine unanswered points to open up a 17-point lead entering the final stanza – and this was ultimately too much to come back from.

Source: GB Basketball
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