Great Britain Wins First Olympic Basketball Game Since 1948 August 06, 2012 23:41
Team GB did themselves proud earlier tonight, and become the first Great British basketball team to win an Olympic basketball game, since 1948.
GB, ranked 43rd in the world, played China, who are ranked 10th, in the last of their group games at the Olympic basketball arena, and after putting in a sterling performance, came out with 90 - 56 win. Pops Mensah-Bonsu might not have suited up tonight, but his team mates really stepped up to the mark.
Kieron Achara led all scorers with 16 points, to go with 3 blocks on the night, as GB led from the start. They out-played China 27 points to 15 in the first quarter, and kept up the pressure throughout.
Team GB have been criticised during this London 2012 competition for fading away towards the end of their games and failing to deal with pressure from bigger teams. They didn't crumble in this game however, powering away in the 4th quarter, holding the Chinese to just 10 points in 10 minutes.
Former Chinese star and NBA Houston Rockets player, Yao Ming, was at the event commentating, and stopped by the BBC commentary post at the end of the game to say how well deserved the GB win was. They worked hard, and showed that they really wanted it.
GB lost all of their other group games, meaning that they won't progress in this Olympics, but they have proved that there is a lot of potential in the team, and that with some work and experience, they can stand up on the international circuit.