Great Britain outshone by Poland in Eurobasket warm-up

Great Britain outshone by Poland in Eurobasket warm-up
By Sportsbeat

26/08/2017 at 15:25

Luke Nelson believes Great Britain's defeat to Poland in their penultimate warm-up game before Eurobasket 2017 was a vital learning curve if the squad want to keep moving in the right direction.

Great Britain were outclassed at times by hosts Poland in Warsaw, but showed glimpses of impressive attacking prowess as they suffered a 86-76 loss.

Nelson was one of three players to showcase his double-digit scoring capability, while Kieron Achara and Gabe Olaseni were also prolific in front the hoop.

Dan Clark consolidated on his fine performance in Great Britain's win over Hungary in the week to again lead the scoring for Joe Prunty's side, with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Kyle Johnson bagged 14 points.

Yet despite these individual efforts, Great Britain soon found themselves playing catch-up inside the second quarter against the Poles – and the tough showdown against the Eurobasket favourites has prompted Nelson to try and look on the bright side.

"We didn't feel we played the way we wanted to," said Nelson.

"We didn't play as a team but there are things we can build on. That's what this time is for, we've got to take these lessons when we can.

"It was a tough game and these guys are a fine team to face. But we have ways to improve."

Buoyed by their previous warm-up win over Hungary – which saw Great Britain end a five-match losing streak – Prunty's side made a bright start before the big Polish men started to dominate, intelligently exploiting space to give them a 43-36 advantage at the break.

A 16-2 run from the home team raised questions over Great Britain's defence in the third, which saw the deficit extended to 19 points.

And despite closing the deficit to 10 points in the last three minutes of the game, Great Britain were unable to make a sustained push to put the Poles under any serious pressure as the home side comfortably saw the game out.

Speaking after the game, Great Britain's head coach Prunty said: "I actually thought there were some good things.

"I thought we did well in responding, brought a lot of energy, got some easy baskets and Johnson got a nice little run for us.

"That response was good, but we can't put ourselves in a hole like that."

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