GB finish third as Game on 2011 concludes
23 May 2011
The Standard Life GB women wrapped up the British Basketball Invitational Tournament at Surrey Sports Park with a 67-64 victory against Latvia. Tom Maher's side ensured they finished third in the competition thanks to a strong first half display. In the other final day game Cuba defeated Germany 58-51 to clinch the British Basketball Invitational trophy.
The three-day tournament at Surrey Sports Park was a huge success, with over 700 fans attending a total of six games throughout the competition. The tournament was the first of its kind since the announcement that both the Great Britain men's and women's teams will be represented at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.
Standard Life GB guard, Stef Collins said: "It was a great final win, we're pretty excited to have achieved that at our home tournament. Our first two games were tough especially as it's the first couple of games we've played together so we're just getting a feel for each other. Germany were a very tough squad for our first game, but now that we've played Cuba we know that we can play at that level.
"Overall this tournament has been really great preparation for us ahead of EuroBasket and the crowd were amazing so we couldn't have asked for anything better."
Standard Life GB head coach, Tom Maher added: "The British Basketball Invitational Tournament has been great and we've had the chance to play against some very good teams. Moving forward, we've got to work much more efficiently and work hard together to create that magic, I know we can be a great team."
Standard Life GB player, Natalie Stafford claimed the GB player of the tournament and a £1,500 cheque from sponsor, Standard Life, to present to a charity of her choice. Stafford commented: "I'm thrilled to have been nominated as the Standard Life GB player of the tournament today. We had a great game against Latvia to round off a fantastic three days in Surrey. It's been good experience for us as a team, playing against the likes of Cuba has provided us with some tough competition which has been good to help us prepare ahead of EuroBasket."
The tournament concludes the British team's time at Surrey Sports Park, with the women's squad having been in a training camp at the centre for the previous two weeks.
Surrey Sports Park Chief Executive, Paul Blanchard said: "It has been great to host the Great Britain women's squad over the past few weeks and we hope they have benefited from training and competing in our facilities. We are also very proud to have welcomed Germany, Latvia and Cuba to Surrey Sports Park for the British Basketball Invitiational Tournament, which was a truly exciting exhibition of international basketball throughout."