A team-mate now stands in the way of Luol Deng fulfilling his international ambitions this summer.
In the last two months, the Chicago Bulls star has led Great Britain to four straight wins, allowing the Brits to force their way into a two-game play-off for promotion into Europe's Division A of basketball nations.
Ireland opened their European campaign with a 86 – 58 defeat to Switzerland in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on Saturday.
Switzerland with Thabo Sefolosha in their ranks started the first quarter brightly with the Chicago Bulls star proving a particular thorn in Ireland’s side.
Catalin Burlacu had 23 points as Romania beat Switzerland to land a major blow in their promotion bid.
Looking to compete in EuroBasket Division A, the Romanians’ most serious competition has come from the Swiss and in the battle of the undefeated sides, Burlacu and Co prevailed 68-59 in the Group A clash.
Switzerland picked up their second win in Division B Group A with a 64-46 victory over winless Cyprus in Nicosia.
The Swiss squeezed past Ireland 59-57 in their opening match but found life a lot easier against the Cypriots, winning every quarter en route to an 18-point win.
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