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Group:  B | 09.09.2006, 19:00h
Group:  B | 09.09.2006, 19:00h
63-39
18 - 820 - 1414 - 1411 - 3
18 - 820 - 1414 - 1411 - 3
Venue: Edinburgh (SCO) |
Spectators: 1300 |
Referees: Tomasz Kudlicki (POL), Regis Bardera (FRA)

GAME REPORT


Britain Thrash Netherlands In Group B

Great Britain put forth a tremendous effort on defense to breathe life back into their European Championship qualifying campaign as they recorded a 63-39 Group B win over the Netherlands at Meadowbank.

Beaten a week ago by Slovakia, the Brits looked a different side after a week of practice under coach Chris Finch.

Julius Joseph led the winners with 15 points and also grabbed seven rebounds.

Captain Andrew Sullivan, subdued in last weekend's defeat, responded with 11 points and 12 rebounds, and it was his seven points and numerous rebounds in the second quarter that helped establish a 20-point lead that Holland only briefly threatened to close in the second half.

Britain swarmed over their visitors from the outset.

"It was a great effort from our guys against a very good Dutch team," Finch said.

"Our defense was very strong throughout and Drew (Sullivan) and Julius (Joseph) scored well and rebounded well while Roger (Huggins) and Nate (Reinking) both came out of the blocks aggressively."
 
"Some guys who were hampered a lot in Slovakia came into their own here and it's to their credit that the produced a performance of that quality after a tough loss."
 
Finch went on: "The down side was that I wasn't very pleased with my bench but the others played at such a high level of intensity that we could cope with the bench not being at their best."

Reinking, who went on to score 14 points, opened the team's account with a three-pointer before Sullivan inspired an 8-0 run to set a 14-4 lead.

In the second quarter, a 14-3 run brought GB their first 20-point lead of the night.

After closing the gap to just 13 points towards the end of the third quarter the Dutch failed to score any points at all in the final quarter until Rogier Jansen's lay-up in the last second of the game.

Dutch coach Marco van den Berg said: "If Britain play like that against the other teams, then I'm confident they could be the strongest team in the group - I was really impressed with their defense."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

38.6%

22/57
FG
M/A

23.0%

14/61

46.2%

18/39
FG2P
M/A

30.2%

13/43

22.2%

4/18
FG3P
M/A

5.6%

1/18

68.2%

15/22
FT
M/A

62.5%

10/16

47

11/36
RT
RO/RD

40

12/28

13

AS

7

18

TO

19

7

ST

9

5

BS

3

21

PF

19

63

Pts

39

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