Germany and Cuba lead British Basketball Invitational after day one
20 May 2011
Germany and Cuba are joint leaders of the British Basketball Invitational Tournament after day one at Surrey Sports Park.
A strong second half saw Germany open the British Basketball Invitational Tournament with a 70-60 victory against the hosts, the Standard Life GB women, yesterday afternoon.
The day's second game saw Cuba record a fine 73-60 victory against Latvia.
Tom Maher's GB team were led by Standard Life GB player, Lauren Thomas-Johnson who finished with 12 points and three rebounds, while team mate Steph Gandy added 11 points and four boards, and Kim Butler had 10 rebounds to go with her seven points.
Anne Breitreiner was unstoppable for the Germans with 23 points, including three baskets from the arc, with Sarah Austmann adding 10 points and five boards.
Standard Life GB head coach, Maher wasn't too disappointed with the result: "We were beaten by the better team but there's a point to these games, it's about seeing who we are and what we need to do better. We want to win, but today wasn't the marker of whether we'll be a successful team.
The British Basketball Invitational Tournament continues this Friday afternoon at Surrey Sports Park. The action starts at 14:30 when Latvia and Germany match up before the Standard Life GB women face Cuba at 19:00. Admission is £6 for adults and £4 for children, with the ticket covering both games.