Finch takes positives from defeat

31 July 2012 / 20:30

Great Britain basketball coach Chris Finch was proud of his players in defeat as they fell narrowly short of an upset victory over Brazil.

Britain had held a one-point lead over the powerful South Americans with four minutes to go, but the game got away from them down the stretch as they lost 67-62.

While there was clear disappointment that they had not seen the job through, Finch could not complain about his players efforts in the face of a team tipped to be in medal contention here.

"I'm very proud of our guys," Finch said. "Our goal in this game was to be in a position in the last four minutes to win the game.

"At that point it comes down to making plays and getting big stops, and Brazil were able to do that and consistently do that.

"But we gave ourselves a chance the whole way through. I'm pleased with our effort, our physicality, our game-play execution. I thought it was all at a high-level tonight.

"It was good to see our guys competing out there, getting the fans behind them and having a chance late in the game to beat a very good team."

The game had been close almost throughout. Neither team will want to dwell on an ugly first quarter which saw Britain come from 4-0 down to lead 11-4 thanks to a spark provided by Dan Clark off the bench.

But Brazil soon came back, thanks in part to a missed goaltending call which would have put Britain up 15-7. Instead, Brazil came back to make it 13-9. "It was a four-point swing," Finch said. "The referee has apologised to me about the missed call, but there's nothing you can do about it.

"At this level you shouldn't be missing calls. Judgment calls, okay, but not goaltending. But I didn't think that cost us the game tonight."