GB led 44-31 at half time, and a thirteen-point lead was all that Britain deserved in a first half of real quality against one of the sport’s more traditional powers.
But the highly-fancied Croats came storming back in the third quarter to keep things tight going into the final ten minutes.
Resolution and resolve were in copious quantities as the margin got tight down the stretch and excellent defence forced the game into an extra period, when it finished 73-73 at the end of the fourth quarter.
Croatia would take the game away in overtime, to edge out Coach Alan Keane’s team despite Romario Spence contributing a double-double of 17 points, 14 rebounds as well as 5 assists.
Sesan Russell added 21 points of his own, as part of a powerful team performance.
Full stats on the game are listed here
After an impressive tournament, Britain have so many positives to take from the experience as well as a chance to take on Division A with promotion guaranteed. Kayne Henry was named as part of the all-tournament team.
In addition, their silver medal follows a bronze for the U20 men’s team to confirm a double promotion for British Basketball in 2017, with the U18 Women unbeaten after 3 games of their championship in Dublin.
British Basketball Performance Director Mark Clark, said, “It’s been a great tournament for the U18m and Coach Keane, his staff and the players all prepared well and played at a high level.”
“It is disappointing to lose a Championship game and they will all feel that disappointment. But when we all sit down and reflect, there will be two key points – the quality of their performance and the need to build on that performance for next year and beyond.”