FRANCE HEAD GB’S EUROBASKET SLATE

Great Britain’s men have been handed a reasonable draw for next summer’s EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia.

GB, who have yet to name a new head coach, were placed in Group A – based in Ljubliana – along side 2011 runners-up France, plus Germany, Belgium, Ukraine and Israel.

Defending champions and Olympic silver medallists Spain will be starting their campaign against the tournament hosts from Slovenia in Group C to be played in Celje. They are joined by Croatia, Poland, Georgia and the Czech Republic.

Olympic bronze medallists Russia will not have an easy task against Greece, Italy, Turkey, Finland and Sweden in Group D in Koper.

While most intrigue surrounds Group B in Jesenice which can be described as a “Balkan-Baltics” group with EuroBasket 2011 surprise package Macedonia joined by Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia as well as Lithuania and Latvia.

GB will open their schedule against the Israelis on September 4. The top four in each group progress into the second round which is held as a crossover group.

Pic: Mansoor Ahmed/BB

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