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Basketball 24/7: DENG HITS 29 AS GB SWEEP PAST BOSNIA

09/10/2008 

 

LUOL Deng continued his and Great Britain’s remarkable basketball journey at Birmingham’s NIA this evening (Wed) as his 29 points helped beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 82-74. 

The result, coupled with group favourite Israel’s shock defeat in the Czech Republic keeps Chris Finch’s team on course for their first ever place in the European Championship Finals in Poland next summer as their group record improves to 2-1.

Britain started with a 6-2 run to open the game but needed Deng at his sharpest to keep the Bosnians at bay, the NBA star making four of his five shots and scoring 8 as the hosts took a 20-18 lead.

The Bosnians’ size and shooting proved problematic and it took six unanswered points from Deng midway through the second period to bring GB back from two points down to a 35-31 lead.

The game was tied ten times in that see-saw first half, which eventually ended 41-41, before GB opened the third quarter with a devastating salvo.

After trading scores to open the half, Deng hit two three-pointers, and Nate Reinking added a third, in a 15-0 run that was as good a period of basketball as the Brits have produced in the three years since the team was formed.

Bosnia ended a run of nearly six minutes without a point and compiled a 6-0 run of their own and Finch’s team needed threes from Nick George and Jarrett Hart to carry a 66-52 lead into the fourth.

The drama was not quite over for a disappointingly low crowd of 2,523 as the visitors’ 8-0 opening to the final period drew them to within six.

Given the unpredictable nature of group play so far, a comeback was not beyond the realms of possibility but Deng, once more, snuffed out the danger.

His three-pointer, with 3:40 left in the game, capped a 9-0 GB run and pushed the advantage out to 77-62.

While Deng, rightly, earned the plaudits as he added 8 rebounds and 5 assists, big man Pops Mensah-Bonsu continued his great form with 15 points and 11 rebounds while guard Flinder Boyd hit 8.

Ian Whittell for 24/7

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One Response to “Basketball 24/7: DENG HITS 29 AS GB SWEEP PAST BOSNIA”

  1. Wheres Ben Gordon?


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