Great Britain enjoyed a comfortable 89-37 victory over Luxembourg, at the FIBA U16 European Championship Division B in Sarajevo.
Five players produced double-digit scoring performances, led by Sam Grant who finished with 21 points and eight rebounds.
Head Coach James Vear made one change to the starting lineup, with Manchester Giants small forward Victor Faroukou coming in for Segun Shodunke.
GB dominated from the word go, with energy, good execution and no little size advantage. Despite Friday’s defeat to Romania, they played with confidence and freedom to lead 27-9 after the first.
6’8 Northampton power forward Grant produced his best game of the tournament with the Northamptonshire Titan gaining points as well as providing energy off the glass.
Once again, points were shared around the team, with Eze and Marsh producing similar first half displays, GB with a 43-22 margin to their favour.
Against a team conceding 171 points in their opening two games, GB’s third quarter began in a less than assured fashion with Luxembourg keeping margins much tighter.
But when Josh Uduje found the three to make it 52-27 with 6:37 remaining in the third, GB rediscovered their offensive bite putting on a 12-3 run to end the quarter, 64-30 in front.
GB then turned the screw and allowed no mercy in the final quarter, producing a 27-9 quarter to win it 89-37.
After Grant led all scorers, Amari Williams contributed 13 points, eight rebounds, seven assists & two steals, while 12 each came from Faroukou, Uduje and Marsh who all had good numbers in rebounding (seven, six and five respectively. Full stats are available.
They now have Monday’s next Group A game against Portugal (2000 BST), with both GB and Portugal taking a 2-1 record behind Group leaders Romania, going into their meeting.
Coach Vear told www.gbbasketball.com, “We did a great job of bouncing back from yesterday’s defeat.”
“We had really good energy from the start and everyone contributed which is always a positive.”
“Now we have a day off, so we can rest, refocus and prepare for Portugal.”