In their EuroBasket 2021 pre-qualifier against Luxembourg in Manchester, the male players of Great Britain recorded a 71-54 victory. Myles Hesson resulted GB’s 22-point scoring, Gabe Olaseni added 12 and Teddy Okereafor 10 in a match that GB won with a powerful defensive attempt in the fourth quarter. GB convincingly won it 23-2 by trailing 52-48 to the well-prepared tourists heading into the last quarter.
They are now leading Group G with two matches victories and will be playing in Manchester soon at home to Kosovo. Coach Nate Reinking brought skilled Gareth Murray forward to the line-up instead of Jamell Anderson for the team’s second qualification match in their recent and final effort to reach the primary qualification race next year.
Luxemburg searched for a third qualification victory in a row after their opening-night victory against Kosovo and came close to reaching it. In the first two quarters, most particularly in the second, the tourists began firmly when they caught GB cold and struck a 14-2 run, frustrating their hosts by stopping any quick break chances. At the beginning of the second quarter, their 10-3 run gave them a 41-35 lead and GB looked as disjointed as they did in the midweek match against Kosovo.
Trailing through four points into the last quarter, GB enhanced their ball motion and loosened up defensively, keeping Luxembourg scoreless for five and a half minutes and striking their own 9-0 run. Luxembourg’s 4th quarter single ball accompanied 14 more GB points, eight for Hesson as the hosts raced to the win.
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