|Luke Nelson sunk six triples on his way to a game-high 25 points|
Great Britain raced to a 17-point second-quarter lead over Slovenia and held off a late assault to clinch an 85-82 win in the Game for 11th Place at the U20 European Championship in Heraklion.
Turning Point: With the scores tied at 11 midway through the first quarter, Elliott Sentance finished a British fast-break with an easy lay-up to generate the defining stretch in the game. While Slovenia tried unsuccessfully to reply from beyond the arc, first Alexander Young and then Luke Nelson drilled three-point shots of their own on the other end and later Young culminated a 10-0 British run with a lay-up. Great Britain extended their lead to 37-20 early in the second. Slovenia threw everything at the Brits in the fourth and tied the scores at 82 with 56 seconds remaining but Nelson replied with the last basket in the game, a triple with 44 seconds on the clock, to seal the win for Great Britain.
Game Heroes: Nelson bid farewell to the tournament on Crete by pouring in 25 points on 9-for-16 from the floor and adding four assists, two steals and one rebound for good measure. Slovenia's Matic Rebec dished out 10 assists in the game to finish the tournament averaging nine assists per game and set a new all-time high in the competition.
Stats Don't Lie: Although Slovenia shot the ball better from two-point range, Great Britain got valuable baskets without having to work too hard. The British scored 16 second-chance points off 12 offensive rebounds and also got 17 points off the 15 Slovenian turnovers. Slovenia's total tally from these situations was 16 points.
The Bottom Line: Great Britain will feel proud for this hard-earned 11th place, in what was their first ever participation in Division A at this age group. Slovenia have dropped two places in the final standings, as they had finished in 10th in last year's tournament in Estonia.