Prunty confident players can make improvements

26 July 2014 / 16:55

Great Britain men’s basketball head coach Joe Prunty insists his team are a work in progress after losing their EuroBasket preparation game against Belgium 64-79.

The players kick off their EuroBasket second qualifying round games in just over a week against Iceland.

And they were given a tough challenge when they travelled to Antwerp on Friday night to take on Belgium in the first of two games in quick succession.

Trailing by two after the first quarter, Great Britain edged themselves into a narrow 35-33 half-time lead with Dan Clark scoring 14 points.

The hosts came back strongly however and with the game tied at 57-57 going into the final quarter, they pushed again to take a comfortable victory, and leave Prunty admitting areas still needed improvement.

“We're making improvements but obviously, people will look at the results,” he said.

“We are trying different things, we are putting some combinations on the floor that have not played together yet.

"Our defence has to improve. We have to do a much better job of doing the little things and what I mean by that, is that we're ready to move with whatever happens, so that we're not reactive but rather proactive.

“We've put this team together in a small amount of time so there are some growing pains, but I also anticipate certain things – the communication level will be high at all times and not just in the qualifiers, the passing will be crisper – we'll continue to build as a team, so there are a lot of positive things."

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