GB U20 Men beat Netherlands to secure quarter-finals spot at European Championship

Great Britain booked their place in the FIBA U20 European Championship Division B quarter-finals with a 48-40 triumph against Netherlands in Chalkida, Greece on Tuesday.

Callum Lawson scored 18 points including two quick-fire buckets after GB had fallen behind late in the fourth quarter to inspire his team to victory.

The second of those scores was followed by a Pharroh Gordon jump shot to open up a four-point lead with under a minute to play.

From there the young Brits showed great composure to see out an important win that guarantees them a top two spot in Group C and a place in Friday’s quarter-finals.

Andreas Kapoulas’ side went into their penultimate group game knowing victory would seal their place in the last eight ahead of Wednesday’s clash with hosts and tournament favourites, Greece.

This appeared to play on their minds early on, as the Dutch jumped out to a 7-0 start.

But the Brits responded in the second quarter, limiting their opponents to just two points in the period and heading into the half with a one-point lead.

More tight defence followed after the break and the Brits maintained their one-point edge going into the final stanza.

That is when Kapoulas’ men produced some clutch plays, including several fast-breaks orchestrated by Jules Dang Akodo to complete their fourth win from as many games.

Great Britain are next in action against Greece at 1645 BST on Wednesday.

Source: GB Basketball
Image: FIBA