England third at Future Stars as Rytas Vilnius win

England U18s finished third at the Gintreda Future Stars Junior International Tournament – which was won by Lithuanian side Rytas Vilnius.

Brunel University hosted the prestigious event, which was held in association with Basketball England, with five U18 teams from around the globe.

Rytas Vilnius beat German outfit Porsche Ludvigsburg 68-58 in the final to take the crown.

But England coach Troy Culley was happy with his side’s efforts after they won the third/fourth play-off 98-85 against Oxygen Orange 1.

He said: "The boys deserved to finish the tournament this way.

"The importance of valuing the possessions has been stressed throughout the tournament and I feel the guys finally grasped that concept in this game.

“It takes a lot of effort to dig deep and fight back when you are down, and I am very proud with how the team handled themselves today to get the job done."

It was a close game throughout but strong performances from Cameron Hildreth (27 points, 5 rebounds) and Marcus Bucknall (18 points, 6 rebounds) saw England control the final quarter 33-16 and secure the win.

England opened the tournament with 79-57 win over Maccabi Teddy Tel Aviv with great debut performances from Ndewedo Newbury, who posted a game-high 13 points, and Franklin Agu, who contributed 10 points and seven rebounds.

England took on Ludvigsburg in their second game but the German side dominated on the boards and overpowered the home side 81-66.

The game saw a stand-out performance from Hildreth with 15 points, 6 rebounds and two steals but Ludvigsburg outrebounded England 55-42 and led 20-7 on second chance points.

England went up against Vilnius on day two as both tried to book a place in the final. But the Lithuanian side won 75-64, sending England through to the third-place game against Oxygen Orange 1.

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