GB U20 Men to fight for seventh place at European Championship

Great Britain will play for seventh place at the FIBA U20 European Championship Division B after falling to Poland 78-74 in Chalkida, Greece on Saturday.

Andreas Kapoulas’ side were paced by the excellent Pharroh Gordon, who scored 23 points off 6-of-9 shooting.

GB led by 14 points during an impressive first half showing before being gradually reeled in.

The teams traded baskets during the fourth quarter, Jules Dang Akodo hitting a three-pointer to give GB a 74-73 lead with 1:40 remaining.

But Poland scored the final five points of the game, taking advantage of a costly GB turnover with 20 seconds left on the clock.

GB had earlier jumped out to a great start as Gordon scored 15 first-quarter points off perfect shooting from the field.

This continued in the second quarter with Kyle Carey chipping in to help pace a 7-2 start.

But Poland struck back before half-time, reducing the deficit to four points.

They picked up that impetus after the break, but GB were not for backing down. Gordon started getting to the foul line and teams went back-and-forth adding to their scores.

This trend continued into the final stanza before Poland’s strong finish.

GB will face the loser of the Classification Round game between Georgia and Bosnia and Herzegovina in the game for seventh place on Sunday.

Source: GB Basketball
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