On the final day of the London International Basketball Invitational, Ryan Richards and Great Britain suffered a heartbreaking 91-90 overtime loss to Spurs assistant coach Brett Brown and Team Australia who played without Patty Mills.
Team GB finished the tournament with a 1-4 record, but with three losses by less than five points. Britain’s head coach Chris Finch’s biggest takeaway from the tournament?
“We can play with anybody.”
Robert Archibald, despite seeing the positives from the week, was visibly frustrated after another close loss:
“There’s definitely a lot of positives his week, but at the same time, if I was being honest I’d say we gave that game away today. We can keep knocking on the door of these games to win them, but they’re not gonna open the door for us, we’re gonna have to kick it down eventually and figure out a way to close these games out.”
With the game tied at 90, and GB in the penalty, Australia drew a foul from Ogo Adegboye sending Adam Gibson to the line with 3 seconds remaining. He made one of them, winning the game for the final 91-90 score.
Chicago Bulls’ Luol Deng had a shot attempt from half court as the buzzer sounded which didn’t come close, sealing GB’s fourth loss of the tournament.
Deng led Team GB with a 26 points and nine rebounds, while Joel Freeland added 22 points.
Spurs draftee Richards again did not play much. He was on the floor for 4 minutes went 0-2 from the field and committed one foul.
Brad Newley led Australia with 23 points.
Meanwhile, San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker and Team France concluded the London invitational with a 5-0 record by defeating Serbia 80-77.
France dominated the first half, leading 25-18 after the first quarter and held a 48-31 lead at halftime.
In the third period, France continued to control the game and had a 68-49 lead entering the final quarter. However, Serbia came back roaring in the fourth period outscoring France 28-12.
The French national team who were cruising during the first three quarters needed some late game heroics from Parker to preserve the win.
Parker finished with 24 points, six rebounds, three assists, and one steal that sealed the victory for France. He also went 10-f-16 from the field (62.5 percent) including 50 percent from beyond the arc.
Spurs draftee Nando De Colo added 11 points and three rebounds in 20 minutes of action and shot a blistering 66.7 percent from the floor. Nicolas Batum chipped in 14 points for the French national team.
Kosta Perovic led Serbia with 14 points and six rebounds.