England’s sides won three games out of four on a successful Saturday at the Copenhagen Invitational Tournament. Both teams played their final group game in the morning before classification games began in the afternoon.
The girls couldn’t finish their group D campaign with a win, falling to a 50-77 defeat against reigning champions Csata DSE from Hungary. England can be pleased that they matched their well-established opponents for stretches of the first half, but they were unable to maintain that level for the full 40 minutes. Moving into the 9th-12th classification game provided a change of fortunes though as Coach Stanciuca’s side turned on the style to beat Scotland. A significant increase in energy and intensity was rewarded with an enjoyable 61-40 win.
For the boys, they managed to stay perfect on the day and took both their games comfortably. An early 85-52 win over Denmark White meant a 2-1 record in group H and a date with Berlin BBV in the 5th-8th classification game. Coach Pena Garcés side were once again on song in that one, easily dispatching the German side 90-36 and rarely looking troubled.
“It’s been a very good day today,” said Boys’ Assistant Coach Aurimas Verbukas. “The performances were much better, and the commitment was something that impressed us as coaches. We set targets to this group today and they met them. I’m sure they’ll do the same tomorrow.”
Girls’ Assistant Coach Alexis Lewis was pleased with how the side have bounced back throughout this competition, “An important trait that has shone through so far is that when our side has needed to respond, they have. After both losses, they’ve executed and stuck to the game plan. That has been a major plus.”
After the pair of victories in this afternoon’s classification games, both teams now know their schedule for tomorrow. The girls will battle with Denmark Red to decide 9th and 10th place at 10:00am UK time, with the boys looking to lock up 5th place against American club team Global Sport at 11:45am UK time.
Tomorrow is the final day of this three-day tournament and as always we’ll have coverage on our twitter page, https://twitter.com/bballengland