Great Britain men’s head coach Tony Garbelotto is looking forward to the challenge of road games in Israel and Greece after confirmation of the roster for the second window of the FIBA World Cup 2019 Qualifiers.
Having been pipped by Greece and Estonia in his first two outings at the helm, the play-caller is confident his players have what it takes to bounce back.
“We were pleased with how we competed in those first games in the last window, but we were obviously disappointed to have ended up dropping two games that we could have won,” stated Garbelotto.
“Our main aim coming out of that opening window was to consolidate and strengthen in terms of our roster and I think we have now done that with the likes of Gabe [Olaseni] and Justin [Robinson] coming in.
“Even with the disappointment of Myles [Hesson] missing out through injury, I feel very strongly that this is one of the better groups we have assembled since London 2012.
“I’m excited, since I think that as a group, we have the capacity to really challenge Israel and Greece. We can’t wait for the games to come.”
The team will be boosted by the return of Gabe Olaseni, who had an outstanding tournament at EuroBasket 2017. Meanwhile Ovie Soko will be looking to continue the hot form of the first window when he led the way in points, rebounds and efficiency.
GB Roster for FIBA World Cup 2019 European Qualifiers*
Kieron Achara – Glasgow Rocks
Eric Boateng – Saint Vallier (France)
Dan Clark – Delteco Gipuzkoa BC (Spain)
Andrew Lawrence – Givova Scafati (Italy)
Gareth Murray – Glasgow Rocks
Luke Nelson – Real Betis Energia Plus (Spain)
Teddy Okereafor – Kymis (Greece)
Gabe Olaseni – Montakit Fuenlabrada (Spain)
Tarik Phillip – Unattached
Justin Robinson – London Lions
Will Saunders – Cambados (Spain)
Ovie Soko – UCAM Murcia (Spain)
*Replacements are on-call in the event of an injury to any of the stated 12-player roster.
Great Britain will play against Israel at midday on Friday 23 February in Tel Aviv and then face Greece in Heraklion at 4pm on Sunday 25 February. The players will head into camp on Monday 19 February in Tel Aviv.
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