Clark shines as Britain conclude Eurobasket preparation in style
Dan Clark earned the praises of skipper Kieron Achara after Great Britain ended their Eurobasket warm-up preparation in perfect fashion with a comfortable 85-64 victory over Israel to win the Warsaw tournament.
Clark, Britain’s on-court leader this summer, set a new personal high for his country with 25 points, shooting six of the seven three-pointers he attempted – his most goal prolific performance throughout his 10-year international career.
It was a memorable night for Britain, as every player in Joe Prunty’s side found the basket, with Gabriel Olaseni and Luke Nelson backing up Clark's efforts with nine points apiece.
After the match Achara hailed stalwart Clark, who has been a shining light for Britain throughout their Eurobasket warm-up, but warned it will take more than one man if his side are to progress far in the tournament.
"He just shot the living daylights out of the ball," said Achara.
"It's going to need more than just Dan at Eurobasket but you know that when Dan's shooting the ball like that, we're always going to be in games.
"It's all clicked at the right time - we're playing some good basketball.
"It's a great win for us - it gives us a real positive feel coming into Eurobasket."
Britain made a confident start to the match against a strong Israeli outfit who have beaten them twice this summer, leading 11-3 on two threes from Clark and then stretching the lead out to 23-12 with Teddy Okereafor combining well with Luke Nelson and another three from Clark.
Capitalising on their opponents' poor shooting, Britain led 45-30 at half-time, with Clark hitting four threes in his 15 points.
In the third quarter, two more threes from the clinical Clark, either side of one from Andrew Lawrence, ensured a 19-point lead to put Britain in the driving seat.
And the leaders pushed even further in the final quarter, when the likelihood of a tournament win suddenly grew apparent.
Needing 18 points to assure them of the Warsaw title, Britain rallied superbly to hit 11 unanswered points, ignited by a three from Kyle Johnson, to lead by 22 as Israel faded in the final minutes.
Britain’s strong defensive rebounding, with another three from Johnson, pushed them over the line and ensure they begin their Eurobasket campaign on a high.