BELGIUM CRUSH SHORT-HANDED GB

Great Britain’s basketballers will go into the Olympics in the midst of a crisis after suffering a tenth defeat in 12 build-up games on Sunday.

24 hours after a stunning loss to Tunisia, GB were thrashed 79-56 by Belgium in Antwerp as Robert Archibald, plus NBA duo Luol Deng and Joel Freeland, were rested.

With fears that both Dan Clark and Mike Lenzly could miss the Games through injury, hopes are fading for the hosts to come good in London.

Pops Mensah-Bonsu led short-handed Britain with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Eric Boateng had 12 points and 15 boards.

GB got off to a bad start as Belgium took advantage of their overall depth, leading 14-2 half-way through the first quarter. Great Britain then settled into the game and stayed in touch after the first, trailing 21-15.

Belgium continued to press GB and led 30-18, as GB only managed three points in five second quarter minutes and at half-time, Belgium led 39-24.

GB looked a tired side and mid-way through the third, were trailing 47-30 and heading into the final period, they trailed 58-37.

The fourth was a formality, with the Belgians assured of victory.

Clark and Lenzly are understood to be undergoing further evaluation in London, pending a decision on their fitness for the Games.

Elsewhere, the USA held off Argentina 86-80 in Barcelona, despite 23 for Manu Ginobili who sparked a late rally..

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