Basketball: GB qualify

Britain book spot at European Championships after seeing off Bosnia

Last updated: 26th August 2010   Subscribe to RSS Feed

<b>Basketball:</b> GB qualify

Deng: Came alive for 38 points

Great Britain booked their spot at next year's European Championships after a 94-85 overtime victory against Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Chicago Bulls star Luol Deng scored 38 points while Pops Mensah-Bonsu grabbed 32 as well as dominating the paint with 21 rebounds during a tense contest at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

The hosts had trailed by three points heading into the final minute of regulation time but big plays from Deng and Mensah-Bonsu forced an extra period they would go on to dominate.

Britain had to endure a frustrating night, however, as Ratko Varda burst through the defence several times in a sloppy first quarter.

And every time it seemed that the hosts had settled and built a solid lead, Bosnia would rally to bring themselves back into the contest.

Deng had an erratic start and talked himself into a technical foul but managed to get his game together, laying-in to put his side up 75-69.

But Henry Domercant hit back with a pair of three-pointers to reduce the gap to one and after Deng missed two free-throws, Zlatan Bajramovic put the visitors 81-78 ahead with 57 second on the clock.

Deng and Mensah-Bonsu then held their nerve at the free-throw line to force overtime, with a three-pointer and steal from Nate Reinking giving them the momentum they needed to secure a victory that puts them top of Group B.

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