This morning, the Great Britain senior men’s national basketball team were eliminated from the 2013 FIBA European Championships thus we will not be seeing them play in Spain next summer at the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball. This means we won’t get to see LIU alums Kyle Johnson and Jamal Olasewere (Nigeria) play in the biggest international basketball tournament outside of the Olympics next year.
Great Britain were eliminated this morning after losing to Group A leaders Ukraine, 87-68. Here were the highlights from that game.
Great Britain finished the 2013 EuroBasket with a 2-3 record, defeating Israel in the tournament opener and upsetting Germany on Sunday to have a shot at advancing to the second round group stage before losing to Ukraine.
Here were Kyle Johnson’s game-by-game stats for the 2013 EuroBasket:
|Israel||W, 75-71||34||22||8/15||3/6||3/3||6 (2)||1||0||1||0||3|
|France||L, 88-65||20||5||2/8||1/2||0/0||4 (1)||0||0||0||0||0|
|Belgium||L, 76-71||28||5||2/9||1/5||0/0||4 (2)||1||1||0||1||0|
|Germany||W, 81-74||27||0||0/6||0/4||0/0||3 (2)||2||0||1||0||0|
|Ukraine||L, 87-68||28||8||3/7||2/5||0/0||3 (1)||1||1||0||0||2|
Johnson started this tournament red hot with an outstanding first half against Israel which propelled him to a game-high 22 points on 8 of 15 shooting and a Great Britain win in overtime. After the Israel game, Johnson had a tough time duplicating that shooting performance. He would go 7 for 30 in the remaining four games and would combine for just 18 points.
Johnson finished the 2013 EuroBasket averaging 8.0 ppg/4.0 rpg/1.0 apg in 27.4 mpg. He started in all five games for Great Britain and upped his playing time and averages from his 2012 Summer Olympics experience. Hopefully, we will see Johnson as a mainstay in the Great Britain men’s basketball team for many years to come and get to watch him play in more international tournaments in the future. Johnson is currently unsigned to play for a club team for the 2013-14 season.