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Hesson excels for Great Britain in opening EuroBasket 2021 pre-qualifiers

Great Britain kept their hopes of advancing to the EuroBasket 2021 qualifiers alive with an emphatic 75-61 pre-qualifying win over Cyprus on Monday night.

The victory in Nicosia came just days after the team fell 96-82 to Austria at the National Basketball Performance Centre in Belle Vue, Manchester.

Having fully recovered from a pair of long-term injuries, Myles Hesson led the team in scoring in both outings, netting a game-high 21 points against Cyprus having already collected 18 points against Austria.

“It’s very difficult being injured and watching games knowing you could be out there playing and helping your teammates,” reflected Hesson.

“Playing for the national team is something I love to do and the thought of it definitely got me through some rough rehab days.

“It’s always my plan to be aggressive on both ends.

“We knew [Cyprus] wouldn’t be able to match our intensity for the whole game so it was just a matter of time until we out ran them.

“Losing the first game against Austria made us refocus on our defence and at the end of the day that is what will win games.

“Getting stops and running in transition is when we thrive.

“It was only the second quarter against Austria that lost us the game.”

Great Britain end the international window with a record to 1-1 and must beat Cyprus again in February and beat Austria by 15 points or more on Sunday, 24 February in order to advance.

Image: FIBA

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