After a huge victory in their tournament opener, Great Britain fell for the second-straight game as they allowed Belgium to escape with a 76-71 win in a hard-fought preliminary round showdown of the EuroBasket Men 2013 in Slovenia.
Great Britain and Belgium fought toe-to-toe in a game highlighted by runs after runs, which made the game very interesting to watch.
With the game tied at 64 with only 5:02 left to play in the match, Belgium leaned on the heroics of Roel Moors, who fired away seven points in the final five minutes of the match, helping the Lions ran away with the hard-earned victory.
“We struggled in the first half but we never gave up. We fought for 40 minutes. They fought for 40 minutes. But our approach in the second half was better. “Some players came off the bench and gave us energy. We played better defense. And our character and our energy came through,” said Axel Hervelle, who had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Belgium.
Sacha Massot led Belgium in scoring with 15 markers, Wen Mukubu added 13 points, Sam Van Rossom posted 12 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists, while Moors ended up with 11 points.
On the other hand, Dan Clark had another solid night for Great Britain, finishing with 19 points and nine rebounds, while Kieron Achara and Myles Hesson added 12 points apiece, but it was not enough to dispatch the tough Lions squad in their crucial showdown.
“They played a solid game today but I’m just disappointed. I felt like we had the game but we made some mental lapses in the second half and they capitalized on it. You can’t make mental lapses like that in a tournament like this,” Achara said after the game.
Great Britain will have another acid test on Sunday when they go up against Germany, while Belgium will look to sustain the momentum in their game against Israel.