|Luol Deng once more underlined his importance for the British team, putting up 38 points and 13 rebounds|
Two truly monumental performances by Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Luol Deng propelled Great Britain to see off a resilient Bosnia and Herzegovina 94-85 in overtime and get the party going in Liverpool as Chris Finch and his team booked their place in successive EuroBasket tournaments.
Having been inspired by the Great Britain Women making history and clinching their place on the same floor ahead of the tip-off, the men weren't going to be denied although it did take a combined 70 points and 34 rebounds by the deadly duo to ensure Great Britain didn't fluff their lines.
NBA star Luol Deng impressed his former Chicago Bulls team-mate Ben Gordon who was sat watching injured courtside by racking up 38 points and 13 rebounds although perhaps even that didn't compare to the stunning 32 points, 21 rebounds and 4 blocked shots of Mensah-Bonsu.
It was a good job Chris Finch could rely on such magnificent contributions although Nate Reinking who he has coached as a club player throughout his career perhaps came up with the telling and very necessary cameo.
The veteran shooter made four of five from downtown and that kind of efficiency in a tight game was also vital.
Great Britain had held the upper hand for the most part but Bosnia and Herzegovina were looking to hang around and seeking revenge for the loss imposed on them in Sarajevo.
When Henry Domercant scored a three with seven minutes to go in regulation, the nerves really began to go for the home fans. Even when the home team looked to have pulled away again with a 9-2 tear, the visitors responded.
Leading 78-75 after a Mensha-Bonsu dunk, Bosnia and Herzegovina soon had the crowd with their hands over their eyes in disbelief as they scored six straight points to lead by three with a minute left.
Deng and Mensah-Bonsu made the free-throws to pull level before the visiting team let their hosts off the hook in a big way by failing to execute on the last play which would have seriously dented home hopes.
Even in overtime it looked like Bosnia and Herzegovina were desperate to spoil the party planned for after the game. They led 83-82 after a lay up by Kenan Bajramovic with three and a half minutes to play but Great Britain dug deep and made their killer run.
They found the extra strength and belief when it mattered and finished the game with eleven of the last fourteen points to finally kill off the pesky visitors.
"Our team has great character. We all believed we could win every game even when we were down late. We responded well and made the hustle plays. Drew [Sullivan] got good stops, Pops made some huge plays and Luol was superb for us. But over all we have a mentally tough group of players."
Great Britain Forward Luol Deng:
"We tried to come out aggressively, driving to the basket. I'm so excited to be in the finals, I love playing for Great Britain. The crowd has been excellent this year, everyone's done a good job to support us, and we really appreciate that."
Bosnia & Herzegovina Head Coach Sabit Hadzic:
"Tonight we played much better than usually away from home. We started badly in other games and played catch up but tonight we played with good concentration and controlled most of the game to the end. In overtime we didn't play well and Great Britain won the game that way."
Bosnia & Herzegovina Guard Henry Domercant:
"I think it was a tough match from the beginning. We did a poor job on Luol Deng, he got them going early and we had a job stopping him. Down the stretch and in overtime he and [Mensah] Bonsu stepped up and made plays. But we didn't which is the main reason we lost."