Richards’ Great Britain beat Nigeria 95-80


After a 96-70 victory over the Netherlands, Great Britain defeated Nigeria 95-80 in their second friendly of the summer in Cobham to remain unbeaten in their EuroBasket build-up.

Devon Van Oostrum had 18 points as several young stars impressed to give coach Chris Finch a selection headache as he bids to reduce his squad ahead of next week’s Olympic test event in London.

“We’ve got a lot of very tough decisions to make,” said Finch. “There’s a case that can be made for virtually all of our guys. I feel for a lot of these guys because they’re really pouring their heart into it – that’s what we wanted.

“Long gone are the days when we begged players to come – now they’re coming along with the attitude that they’re here to get spots on the team. More power to them.”

Assistant coach, Nick Nurse was delighted with Great Britain’s performance:

“It’s been a really perfect two-game tournament for us. We have a lot guys here and we’ve shown we’ve got a lot of depth, so it’ll be difficult to figure out the final roster, but that’s a great problem to have.”

Team GB never looked back after a first period which saw them hit seven of their nine three-point attempts to lead by 15, as they shot a blistering 59 percent from beyond the arc.

However, Nigeria came back and cut the lead just 3 points early in the second half before Spurs draftee Ryan Richards hit an off-balanced shot to keep GB ahead.

After that, GB stepped on the pedal and into the final quarter with 71-61 lead.

Kyle Johnson sunk a three to open the fourth period, and he nailed two more points as GB never looked back to wrap up their second win of the summer.

“It was a good win, Nigeria were a better team than Netherlands,” he said, after the 95-80 win.

“It’s not all about top scoring, I think I brought some energy off the bench too and it was great helping the team to the win.”

Ogo Adegboye made a strong contribution to the team with three 3-pointers on the way to a 13 point performance, and Mike Lenzly finished with 12 points for Team GB.

Richards produced another assured performance which suggested he will be hard to exclude from Great Britain’s senior squad.

Former Spur Ime Udoka had 21 points for Nigeria.

These wins will definitely give confidence to Team GB heading into the Eurobasket qualifiers.

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5 thoughts on “Richards’ Great Britain beat Nigeria 95-80

  1. Richards needs to be more assertive and productive to secure his spot at Team GB. I hope he plays better in GB’s next games.

  2. This Richards’ kid will only improve, he needs the exposure because he has the talent and potential to be a great ball player. The Spurs should seriously consider bringing him over to San Antonio ASAP.

  3. It’s looking like Richards is ready to join the Spurs. Right now, it seems he can be the Spurs 4th or 5th in the big man rotation. Length, strength, speed this kid got it! Go Spurs Go!

  4. First of all, thanks everyone for the regular reads and comments here on Spurs World, I truly appreciate it.

    Regarding Richards, it will be a big break for him to make Great Britain’s national team because it will obviously expose him to tougher competition thus gaining more valuable basketball experience.

    I’d like to see him play more basketball before I consider bringing him over to San Antonio (because he lacks exposure to competitive basketball), but letting him play with the Austin Toros isn’t such a bad idea. If he tears it up there, then the Spurs know exactly what they have.

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