Finch keen to move on from USA loss

20 July 2012 / 13:40

Great Britain's basketball players will go into the Olympic Games knowing what the best in the world looks like after suffering a 40-point defeat to the United States in Manchester on Thursday night.

The British players, facing the toughest test in the team's relatively short history, lived with the Olympic and world champions for most of the first quarter but soon found themselves over-run in a 118-78 loss.

Luol Deng scored 25 points while Pops Mensah-Bonsu had 12 and nine rebounds but it was not enough against an American team which had six players scoring in double figures, led by Deron Williams and Carmelo Anthony with 19 each.

Although there is no question that the Americans are the best team on the planet, Britain coach Chris Finch was left pointing at his own side's mistakes for letting the game get so far away from them.

Britain committed 26 turnovers, from which the Americans scored 33 points.

"It was a step back for us, particularly with our defensive execution and our ball-handling against pressure," Finch said. "But we'll just take from this the things we need to take and move on, keep preparing and focus primarily on our first game down there (in London), trying to get ready for that."

Britain will play two more warm-up games against Tunisia and Belgium this weekend before heading to London, where their first Olympic match-up is against Russia on July 29.

Deng was clear about what they needed to work on in those games.

"We've got to learn from this. It was the first time we've played a team like this, and the first time for a lot of they guys that they've played against competition like that," he said.

"But that's the best it gets. There's a lot of things we did great, and a lot of things we've got to do better. We've got to take care of the ball."