GB slip to defeat

29 June 2012 / 09:42

Great Britain's men's basketball team lost 76-54 against Russia but showed promise in a strong first-half performance.

Beaten by the same opponents 87-51 on Monday in San Antonio, Chris Finch's men demonstrated a marked improvement and held a 28-26 half-time lead.

Centre Joel Freeland scored a game-high 18 points, grabbing five rebounds and four assists in the process and although forward Dan Clark chipped in with 10 points, it was not enough for Britain, who were again without their NBA star Luol Deng.

"We had a great first half. I think we just lost our legs in the second half," Freeland told BBC Sport.

"I think that's down to a bit of fatigue, early days in the training camp. I think, going on, we're going to get a lot better."

GB, who also lost close games in Houston to Nigeria and Lithuania last week in their Olympic preparations, renew hostilities with the latter on Friday in their final match of their tour of the United States.