Banner image

GB U20s Promotion Hopes Ended By Croatia

Andreas Kapoulas' GB U20s saw their promotion hopes crushed by Croatia yesterday as they lost 69-53 in the European Championships quarter-finals.

Report via hoopsfix.com

Poor shooting from beyond the arc (10% – 2/20) and rebounding struggles leaves Andreas Kapoulas’ side now aiming for a best possible finish of fifth, as they take on Poland in their next game on Saturday at 18:45 local time.

Jules Dang Akodo and Josh Steel led GB with 12 points each, Deane Williams added 9 points and 7 rebounds, whilst Sam Idowu added 6 points.

“It’s a bit tough to take at the moment,” said Kapoulas.

“I’m very proud of the guys, not just the way they played this game but the overall commitment they have shown throughout the European Championship.

“Croatia is a team that has been averaging 85 points-per-game throughout the competition and we limited them to 69. We said before the game that if we kept them in the 60s we had a chance.

“Defensively we were quite good, apart from the start of the first and third quarters. Offensively, we were not able to get it going and did not get within striking distance.

“Croatia is a very high-calibre team. Six of the eight quarter-finalists here were in Division A last year and this team could be in the Division A quarter-finals now.

“We have learned a lot during this tournament and this group has shown a lot of resilience.

“We have two more games now and we want to win them and go out on a high.”

It was Croatia who drew first blood, jumping out to an early 13-6 lead, before Jules Dang Akodo and Sam Idowu combined to score 9 points for GB and close out the quarter down by 5, 20-15.

The second period saw both teams struggle to get going, before Croatia started to find their rhythm, getting their first double digit lead of the game, which they would not give up the rest of the way.

Croatia used a 9-0 run in the third period to further increase their cushion and despite a stronger fourth from GB, it was too late with their fate already sealed.

Box score.

Related News

GB U20s Finish Second In Group

GB U20s Finish Second In Group

Posted: Thursday, July 21st 2016

Lovell Cook Makes BBL Return With Bristol Flyers

Lovell Cook Makes BBL Return With Bristol Flyers

Posted: Wednesday, July 20th 2016

Ashton Gate Stadium In Technology First

Ashton Gate Stadium In Technology First

Posted: Friday, July 22nd 2016

VIDEO: Inside Bristol Rugby - Episode One

VIDEO: Inside Bristol Rugby - Episode One

Posted: Friday, July 22nd 2016

Latest News

Weekend doubleheader added to pre-season schedule

Weekend doubleheader added to pre-season schedule

Posted: Thursday, October 22nd 2020

Highlights: Bristol Flyers 63-66 Sheffield Sharks

Highlights: Bristol Flyers 63-66 Sheffield Sharks

Posted: Tuesday, October 20th 2020

Things are coming along - Kapoulas

Things are coming along - Kapoulas

Posted: Saturday, October 17th 2020

Report: Bristol Flyers 63-66 Sheffield Sharks

Report: Bristol Flyers 63-66 Sheffield Sharks

Posted: Saturday, October 17th 2020

Also from Bristol Sport

Earlier kick-offs for Huddersfield and Cardiff
Football icon

Earlier kick-offs for Huddersfield and Cardiff

The kick-offs for City’s upcoming Sky Bet Championship matches against Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City have been brought forward.

Posted: Thursday, October 22nd 2020 • Football

Stat attack: 2019/20 season
Rugby icon

Stat attack: 2019/20 season

Check out the best of the team and players stats from a rollercoaster 2019/20 season for the Bears.

Posted: Thursday, October 22nd 2020 • Rugby

Injury update: October 2020
Rugby icon

Injury update: October 2020

Following the conclusion of the 2019/20 campaign, Bristol Bears can confirming the following players will undergo treatment and rehabilitation ahead of the new season in November.

Posted: Thursday, October 22nd 2020 • Rugby

Randall and Purdy boost Churngold charity fundraiser
Rugby icon

Randall and Purdy boost Churngold charity fundraiser

Churngold, player sponsors of Harry Randall and Henry Purdy, have used the Bears duo's attacking prowess to raise £2,000 to help buy advanced technology at Southmead Hospital.

Posted: Thursday, October 22nd 2020 • Rugby

Three Bears named in England U18 for training camps
Rugby icon

Three Bears named in England U18 for training camps

Three Bristol Bears U18’s players will be on international duty during the October half-term after being called up by England U18.

Posted: Thursday, October 22nd 2020 • Rugby