GB U20 promoted to Division A on the back of stunning European Championship

Great Britain U20 Men stormed to a third-place finish, powering past Russia to claim promotion to Division A and a bronze medal, ending a wonderful showing at this year’s European Championship.

A disastrous 10 minute stretch in the opening fixture saw GB fall to the Dutch (65-74), despite outscoring the opposition by 12 across the other 3 quarters. Undeterred, the squad bounced back in style to rattle off three consecutive victories, beating Russia (64-75), Slovak Republic (67-53) and Azerbaijan (111-68), to round out the group phase and qualify for the quarter finals. Carl Wheatle’s triple-double against Azerbaijan proved the highlight of the early fixtures.

In a back and forth final 8 contest, it was GB who held their never in a thrilling battle against Poland (71-69), to book a place in the semi-final: a single victory away from promotion to Division A.

The semi-finals proved somewhat anticlimactic, Croatia finding a way to keep GB at arms length to take the contest in relatively comfortable fashion (69-79). Promotion, therefore, came down to a one-game shootout against Russia.

Akwasi Yeboah, who was named to the All-Star Five, scored 22 points and pulled down 6 rebounds to guide GB to a sensational 81-65 victory: promotion and bronze secured. A fitting end to an excellent campaign.

Results

Group Phase – Group B

Great Britain 65 v 74 Netherlands; C. WHEATLE   13p-9r

Russia 57 v 64 Great Britain; A. YEBOAH 22p

Great Britain 67 v 53 Slovak Republic; A. YEBOAH 16p

Azerbaijan 68 v 111 Great Britain; D. EVANS 25p, WHEATLE 11p-18r-10a

Quarter-Finals

Poland 69 v 71 Great Britain; K. CAREY 13p

Semi-Finals

Great Britain 69 v 79 Croatia; C. WHEATLE 21p

3rd place game

Great Britain 81 v 65 Russia; A. YEBOAH  22p

Individual Stats

G Min FG FT Rb As To St BS +/- Ef Pts
C. Wheatle 7 17.7 39.60% 73.70% 9.1 2.3 1.1 1.6 0.3 4.3 16.7 10.6
A. Arissol 7 18.3 51.60% 77.80% 2.3 1.4 1 1.1 0.1 8.6 8.4 6.9
K. Carey 7 21.1 38.50% 75% 5.1 1.1 0.7 0.9 0.4 8.1 9 6
A. Adamu 7 19.3 48.10% 64.70% 2.3 2.1 2.4 1.1 0 0.7 7.9 9.4
D. Evans 7 12.8 37.50% N/A 2 0.3 0.4 1.1 0 6.3 5 5.6
R. Eytle-Rock 7 23.3 32.20% 76.90% 2.7 3 1.9 0.6 0.1 2.4 6.7 8.7
J. Steel 7 25.7 41.90% 54.50% 3.6 1.4 1.7 0.1 0.1 6.3 6.9 7.1
H. Barr 4 16.4 60% 25% 2.3 0 0 0 0.3 0 3 1.8
A. Yeboah 7 10.2 46.90% 59.10% 4.7 0.9 1.3 0.6 0.3 6.4 12 14.3
O. Agu 5 10.3 33.30% 50% 1.4 0.2 0.8 0.4 0 2.6 1.4 2
J. Belo 7 11.6 33.30% 50% 2.1 0.1 0.9 0.1 0.7 1.1 2.3 1.7
H. Langton 7 24.5 56.20% 100% 1.1 0.6 0.4 0 0.1 0.6 3.1 2.7

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