Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye hopes Team GB’s basketball rivals sat up and took note as they got off to a perfect start at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival.
The 16-year-old took to the Darling Harbour courts in Sydney with his British teammates in the men’s 3x3 basketball event looking to get off with a bang.
And Lautier-Ogunleye didn’t disappoint, helping Team GB win all three of their opening matches against Indonesia, China and hosts Australia to leave them well-placed heading into the latter stages.
The action comes thick and fast for Lautier-Ogunleye and on Friday Team GB will take on Australia again as well as New Zealand and a Combined Oceania team.
And, having made the perfect start, he is not about to let thoughts of defeat creep into his head and is adamant he and his teammates sent a message out to their rivals.
“It feels amazing to get off to a great start and to win all three of our matches was fantastic,” said Lautier-Ogunleye.
“The first game against Indonesia was the first proper game for me in the three-on-three format and that was probably same for the rest of the team.
“So with that in mind to come away with the win not just in that game but all the rest of them too is great.
“We were up against some strong nations on day one and we beat them all and that is a nice message to send to the rest of the competition.
“We have shown that Great Britain are good at basketball and that we can compete with the best of them here.”
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