GB begin Eurobasket qualification campaign with heavy loss to Hungary

Great Britain’s Senior Men got their Eurobasket qualification campaign off to a difficult start this evening in the side’s first game against Hungary.

Having taken time during the team’s preparation camp to experiment with starting line-ups, Head Coach Joe Prunty opted to start Dan Clark, Ben Gordon, Gareth Murray, Alex Young and Gabe Olaseni. Dan Clark got proceedings underway for GB with the opening 2 points of the campaign.

Both sides traded baskets early in the game and with 6.16 left on the clock, a pair of Ben Gordon free-throws saw GB trail by only 1. A similar pattern followed suit for the remainder of the quarter with the score line evenly poised at 25-22 to the hosts, Hungary.

GB got off to a slow start in the second quarter as a 13-4 run allowed Hungary to develop a 12-point lead and with a score line of 38-26, Head Coach Joe Prunty was forced to use his second time-out of the half with 5.55 still remaining in the quarter. Dan Clark led the way for GB, netting 12 of his 14 first-half points in the second quarter. At the break, GB trailed by 12 points, the score 53-41.

Clark’s rhythm looked unaffected by the half-time break as he opened the second half with a triple, shortly followed by another two points. Clark’s fine form inspired a 6-0 run for GB which reduced the deficit to just 9.

Andrew Lawrence looked inspired as he put together a 12-point third quarter and with only 10 minutes left in GB’s opening qualifier the score was 74-62 in favour of hosts Hungary.

Hungary opened the 4th quarter with a deep three which would inevitably set the tone for the remainder of the final quarter which seen the Hungarians net 5 triples on their way to a 96-77 win over GB.

Source: GB Basketball
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