Great Britain finished 10th in Division B at the FIBA U20 Women’s European Championships, after defeat in their 9th/10th game to Greece (64-72).
Savannah Wilkinson produced 23 points and ten rebounds, while Tia Freeman added 10 points of her own. Head Coach Jeff Jones began with a starting five of Wilkinson alongside Hannah Robb, Sarah Round, Loren Christie and Ire Ozzy-Momodu.
But Greece were not to be underestimated having been more than competitive in the Group A meeting between these two teams, which GB secured with a strong finish to the game.
The opening quarter started tight, but an impressive 11-0 run which began with 2:48 remaining in the first, put GB in charge for the remainder of the first half. Some of this was the sharpest basketball GB have played in the tournament.
As you might expect, Coach Jones was determined to allow all GB players develop their game where possible so there was frequent rotation with Tia Freeman, Shauna Harrison, Imani Whittington and others producing points.
Leading 22-11 into the second, GB continued to press but this time it was Greece’s turn to find a scoring run of their own. A 9-3 run with 2:26 remaining helped them whittle down GB’s advantage, bit by bit as they re-organised defensively. A 25-16 quarter helped the Greeks pull things back to trail by 2, with GB 38-36 in front at the half.
And it was more of the same in the third quarter, where the game took a decisive shift. As GB’s efficiency took a dip, Greece stepped on the gas. GB had trailed by 9 before Wilkinson’s layup with twenty seconds remaining, but Tsineke’s and -1 restored that margin and more to leave GB behind by 10 (46-56) going into the last.
GB got within four with 3:02 remaining in the final quarter but Greece halted the comeback to shut out their opponents, meaning it’s they who finish 9th in Division B in 2018 with a 72-64 win.
GB finished their Division B campaign with a record of 3-4, having picked up wins over Lithuania and Greece in the group stage and Denmark in the classification round.
Source: GB Basketball