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Team GB basketballers have a mountain to climb

TEAM GB CAPTAIN: Luol Deng

TEAM GB'S men went down fighting in the second match of their Olympic basketball campaign, losing out narrowly 62-67 to Brazil at the Basketball Arena on Tuesday (July 31).

Thirteen points from both Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Nate Reinking, and another 12 from captain Luol Deng, were not enough to salvage victory for GB, who had given their rivals a testing time for much of the game.

Team GB were ahead 11-4 at the end of the first quarter, but Brazil pulled it back to 27-27 at half time. And the South Americans pulled ahead by five at the end of the first quarter, and held that advantage to the end despite some strong play by the Brits.

The narrow defeat leaves Team GB second bottom of Group B, while Brazil were securing their second victory of their Olympic campaign.

After the loss, Team GB’s Andrew Sullivan said: “We are really disappointed but we have got to pick ourselves up for a big game on Thursday [against Spain].

"We matched up well with Spain [when previously playing them]. We have three games left and want to win our last three games because we didn't come here for it to come down to the last two games to get through."

Dan Clark said: "It's disappointing - we have got to learn how to win as definitely feel we can make wins in this group. If we play hard like we did today then we are capable of beating any team in the group."

Team GB resume their campaign on Thursday  when they take on second-placed Spain in the Basketball Arena at 8pm UK time.

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