GB double up over Portugal

15 July 2012 / 17:12

Great Britain cruised to an 86-66 victory over Portugal as they continued their Olympic basketball preparations in Sheffield.

Following on from Saturday's 83-68 win over the same opposition, GB turned in a more rounded performance with big contributions off the bench as they built a lead early and kept pulling away.

Portugal came out aggressively, and having fallen 4-0 behind, they took a 9-4 lead on Joao Gomes' three-pointer as they battled hard for offensive rebounds.

But Britain were looking more polished than they did in the first half 24 hours earlier, and they soon battled back, with Kieron Achara's three-pointer highlighting an 8-0 run to end the first quarter as they went 21-14 ahead.

The scoring streak hit 12 on a pair of free throws from Andrew Lawrence, and the big plays kept coming.

When Achara nailed another three, Britain were up 28-16, and a big dunk from Pops Mensah-Bonsu made it 37-18. Back-to-back threes from Joao Santos and Mario Fernandes kept Portugal alive, but they went in trailing 46-29 at the break.

Britain continued to edge clear in the second quarter, leading by 20 when Nate Reinking's three-pointer made it 57-37, although Portugal kept fighting through the long-range shooting of Joao Santos and the third quarter ended 61-45 following Achara's third three of the game.

Eric Boateng made a major impression with nine quick points early in the final quarter, dunking his own missed free throw to take the score to 70-50.

Kyle Johnson was another man to make an impact off the bench, making his first seven field goal attempts - including three big threes - before missing, and helping push the lead to 24, 81-57, midway through the final quarter.

Johnson finished as the leading scorer with 21 points, while Luol Deng had 14 and Boateng 11. Gomes finished with 16 for Portugal.