Great Britain handed first Loss in European Championship


Great Britain and Ben Lawson stepped on the hardwood for their second game in the U20 European Championships earlier today in Crete for their match against Hungary, and unlike game one, the English found themselves on the bottom end when the clock hit 00:00.

Despite both teams only having two double digit scorers, Hungary’s support from multiple players proved to be the winning factor as they cruised to the victory 53-44. The English didn’t have a terrible outing despite the nine point final deficit, as they had an overall better shooting percentage (37%) from the floor, and just were barley edged in the three point category (24%).  The true fault lies in the amount of times Great Britain sent the Hungarians to the free throw line, and their ability to capitalize on those opportunities (10-16). Also, having 24 turnovers can’t help the cause in winning a game.

Our star from the Hill upped both his rebounds and shooting percentage from yesterday, as he achieved seven boards and 43% from the floor. He only attempted two free throws this outing and saw both enter the net. Lawson finished the afternoon with eight points for the squad, which was 3rd highest on his team for points scored this game. Ben once again saw the most floor time for the English as he stood atop the hardwood for 34 minutes, which was also the most minutes by any player in the game.

Great Britain will take a breather tomorrow but will be back in action against the home country squad Greece on Friday.