By Admin on Apr 30, 2011
Great Britain’s Deaf Basketball team lost their second leg qualifying game against Sweden 53-47 at Edmonton Green Leisure Centre on 10 April. With GB also losing the first leg in Stockholm 59-37 on 2 April, they are now unlikely to qualify for the World Championship Tournament in Palermo, Italy from 16-24 September 2011.
Despite the final result, GB put up a valiant fight against a team that defeated them by 22 in Sweden. The visitors did look the stronger side proving to be more consistent shooting from outside, but in a very physical contest, the British did have success drawing fouls when driving to the basket.
England Basketball Regional Development Manager for the Midlands and East, Mandy Pollard, attended the game and had this to say:
“The game was really well supported by the local community. It was a pleasure having the experience and amazing to watch the players and coach communicate through the tactics board. Everyone was very passionate about basketball and I was pleased to have accepted the invitation to attend.”
Next on the agenda for Deaf Basketball UK is the 5th Annual Deaf Basketball International Tournament on 30 April, 1 May in London. Tickets are £2 on the door with all proceeds going to the development of Great Britain’s teams.