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Coach K’s GB U20s split preparation series with Hungary

Andreas Kapoulas and the Great Britain Under-20s have completed their preparation schedule for the European Championships.

The team finish with a combined record of 2-3 following a win and a loss to Hungary at the weekend.

On Sunday, RJ Eytle-Rock led the way for GB with a team-high 14 points in a 53-58 victory. 

GB trailed 22-14 at the end of the first quarter before holding their opponents to just two points in the second to turn things around for a 24-26 half-time advantage.

However, Hungary hit back in the third with an 18-13 quarter to lead 42-39 before GB cut the gap to a single point with five minutes to go.

GB made a pivotal run to take control down the stretch and held on for their second win of the summer.

Coach K’s men weren’t able to complete the double over the Hungary, after falling to a narrow 52-56 defeat 24 hours later.

GB edged the early stages, but trailed 12-10 by the end of the first quarter. The hosts pulled away in the second period to take a 30-22 advantage into half-time.

GB made a bright start to the third, but were unable to reduce the deficit as they faced a 10-point gap to claw back heading into the final quarter at 44-34.

Hungary increased their lead to 15 points by the mid-point of the fourth before GB closed on a 13-2 run to make it a tight finish.

Coach K has now confirmed his final 12-man squad for the European championships, which begin on Friday against the Netherlands.

Final GB U20s Squad

Amin Adamu, Barking Abbey/Kent Crusaders
Obi Agu, Barking Abbey/Kent Crusaders
Andre Arissol, Otero Junior College (USA)
Harvey Barr, Lake Region State College (USA)
Jubrile Belo, Barking Abbey
Kyle Carey, Barry University (USA – transferred from University of Northern Colorado at end of season)
Danny Evans, University of Maine (USA)
RJ Eytle-Rock, Barking Abbey/Kent Crusaders
Henri Langton, Charnwood College/Leicester Riders
Josh Steel, University of Duquesne (USA) (last team, departed mid-season)
Carl Wheatle, Angelico Biella (Italy)
Akwasi Yeboah, Stony Brook University (USA)

Image credit: Mansoor Ahmed
Report: Hoopsfix.com