Great Britain Under-20’s finished their European Division B Championship in Sofia with an 83-53 loss to Poland on Sunday that left them in sixth place.
With nothing but pride at stake for both teams, Poland were the better team despite flashes of promise from Dave Smart’s side as their disappointing campaign ended on a low note.
Ali Fraser finished off an excellent tournament to lead Great Britain with 14 points, as he ended the tournament averaging 19.7 points a game, he was supported by Devon van Oostrum’s 13 points and six rebounds, with the Olympic outcast earning a place on the All-Tournament team.
It was the Falkirk-born Fraser who got the first points on the board for GB, and he scored again before Poland stormed to an early 12-0 run to lead 15-4 just over half-way through the first.
Jesse Chuku, who hit eight points and 11 rebounds drilled a three as time expired in the first period, but GB had it all to do early, trailing Poland 23-14.
Van Oostrum, who has mixed brilliance with some occasional spells of shooting woe during the tournament, sparked into life in the second as his lay-up in traffic reduced the gap to 28-20, and he inspired a GB run to bring them to within four at 34-30 with 2:05 left in the half.
Poland though finished the quarter strong and maintained their advantage at half-time, leading 42-32.
Great Britain looked a tired team in the third, despite a strong team effort, Poland’s lead peaked at 20 points three times in the third quarter, and GB headed to the fourth down 63-43.
GB tried to make the score respectable, but Poland were calm and collected, and picked up the win to claim fifth place, ahead of Great Britain.
Tomasz Gielo led Poland with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
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