Devon Van Oostrum had 26 points as Great Britain beat Hungary 65-60 to complete a perfect first round at the Division B European Championships.
With five wins out of five, GB will now take on the Netherlands – beaten previously in friendlies this summer – in their quarter-final on Friday.
The Brits’ faultless record looked in danger just 20 seconds from time however when Ádám Kovács’ hit a jumper which pulled Hungary back within one at 61-60, after they had trailed by as many as 14.
But, just as he had done in Tuesday’s win over Poland, Van Oostrum made them when it mattered, converting all of his final four foul shots to make sure of victory.
The Baskonia guard finished with 26 points and 7 rebounds, leading GB once again, while captain Joe Hart had 11.
GB will play in the first of the scheduled quarter-finals at 11.30am UK time on Friday.
The quarter-finals are as follows:
GB v Netherlands, Poland v Portugal, Belgium v Romania, Switzerland v Hungary
Great Britain pulled away from Poland to top Group A as Van Oostrum hit five-of-six free throws in the final 36 seconds to hand GB an 83-74 success when the difference had been just four points nine seconds earlier.
Those crucial free throws took the point guard’s personal tally to 37, to go with nine rebounds, while Nick Lewis continued his fine shooting form as connected on six-of-eight three-point attempts on his way to 20 points.
Both sides came into this game with perfect 3-0 records but Doug Leichner’s side held a 12-point lead in the second quarter before the Poles responded with an 8-0 run.
But Great Britain held a 58-56 advantage heading into the final stanza and managed to hold on to take the outright lead in the Group.
GB will seek to secure top spot when they face Hungary in their final first round game on Tuesday.
Great Britain made it three wins out of three at the European Under-20 Championships on Sunday, crushing hosts Romania 99-43.
All 12 players scored, including five in double figures, as Doug Leichner’s side joined Poland in first place.
Devon van Oostrum had a game-high 19 points for GB, who led 53-17 at half-time.
They now take on the Poles on Tuesday. (Mark Woods)
Nick Lewis hit a a game-high 23 points as Great Britain’s men improved to 2-0 at the European Under-20 Championships on Saturday with a 106-92 win over Luxembourg.
But GB had to come from behind at half-time, pulling away in the third period to see off the supposed minnows.
Devon van Oostrum added 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Van Man drives GB to opening win
Great Britain’s men have got off to a winning start at the European Under-20 Championships in Romania, defeating Slovakia 75-62.
Devon van Oostrum had a game-high 29 points as GB took control with a 7-0 run in the first quarter, eventually going as much 53-37 ahead late in the third.
However ten unanswered points from the Slovaks helped cut the gap to five points with four minutes left before Britain found another gear.
Doug Leichner’s side take on Luxembourg on Saturday.
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