There’s a real sense of optimism in the British Basketball camp, ahead of EuroBasket 2017, after a summer preparation campaign full of positives.
Great Britain Senior Men won their opening preparation game of the summer, beating fellow FIBA EuroBasket qualifier Ukraine 86-64. The game, staged as part of a friendly tournament in Patras, Greece, saw Gabe Olaseni lead all scorers with 16 points, while Clark produced 11 points and seven rebounds. Teddy Okereafor added 11 of his own and Eric Boateng 10.
Greece proved a tougher test for GB, in their final outing in Patras, the tournament hosts romping to a 92-64 victory. Olaseni again led all scorers with 13 points, while Clark added 12 points and Bigby-Williams 11 points.
The team produced another encouraging performance in preparation for FIBA EuroBasket 2017, in a 78-69 defeat to Israel in Tel Aviv. Andrew Lawrence contributed 15 points, while there were double-digit marks for Dan Clark (12), Teddy Okereafor (11) and Gabe Olaseni (10) as Britain tested one of the traditional basketball nations for long periods.
The Copper Box rocked in GB’s only home friendly of the summer to help Britain to the brink of a famous victory over Greece. In front of nearly 5,000 fans representing both teams, Greece pulled out a nailbiter of a pre-EuroBasket win with Britain showing a worldwide TV audience just what they can do, in an 84-88 defeat. Clark would eventually lead all scorers with 23 points as well as contribute eleven rebounds, Gabe Olaseni 20 points/seven rebounds and there was 13 points for Luke Nelson.
A fine team win over Hungary began Great Britain’s final week of preparation for EuroBasket 2017 in the best possible way. The 82-64 win on the first day of the Warsaw tournament saw Gabe Olaseni lead GB in scoring with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Kieron Achara played a captain’s role with 13 points of his own as did Andrew Lawrence.
Great Britain suffered defeat in their second game of the pre-EuroBasket 2017 Warsaw tournament, losing 76-86 to hosts Poland. Dan Clark again led GB scoring with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Kyle Johnson contributed 14 points of his own. Three other players – Luke Nelson, Kieron Achara and Gabe Olaseni – produced double-digit scoring as well.
Summer preparations concluded in dominant fashion as GB brushed aside Israel 85-64, to close out the Warsaw tournament. Dan Clark’s 25 points, which included 6/7 from beyond the arc, set the tone for the contest. Luke Nelson and Gabe Olaseni added 9 points each, while Teddy Okereafor contributed 8 points.
A wonderful way to head into Friday’s EuroBasket 2017 opener.
GB Men 86 v 64 Ukraine
Greece 92 v 64 GB Men
Israel 78 v 69 GB Men
GB Men 84 v 88 Greece
GB Men 82 v 64 Hungary
Poland 86 v 76 GB Men
GB Men 85 v 64 Israel
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Source: GB Basketball