Olympics Basketball 2012: Constant Struggles and Great Britain's Olympics Play

With a 75-106 loss to Australia, Great Britain officially eliminated themselves from medal contention.

Great Britain played well in the first half outscoring Australia 46-36, but it was all downhill from there. After a ten-point lead at haltfime, Great Britain would be outscored 29-70 in the second half. Whatever productivity they had seemed to vanish after halftime.

The struggles Great Britain had been encountering throughout the Olympics were still evident against Australia. Luol Deng continued to shoot poorly scoring 9 points off os shooting 3-15 from the field. The team continued to show their poor ball-handling and decision-making skills with 15 turnovers. Their defense was horrid again allowing Australia to shoot 57.1% from the field and 54.2% on three-pointers.

Although Deng’s scoring troubles continued, Great Britain found some production from Joel Freeland and Dan Clark. Freeland had 16 points (5-14 FG), 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, and 1 block. Clark came away with 14 points (5-7 FG) and 2 rebounds in just 15 minutes of playing time.

Despite Freeland and Clark’s activity, Great Britain did not achieve enough offensive production. Everyone else failed to score in double-digits making it clear how difficult it is for them to compete with elite teams.

If it were not for London hosting the 2012 Olympics, Great Britain would not have qualified to play there. They are simply not good enough to play at such a high level. The y have an overall ranking of 43, and they are playing teams ranked 20-plus spots higher than them. The consistent struggles they have had through the Olympics shows their lack of experience and talent. They are not suited to play at such a high level, not right now anyway. Great Britain certainly not the best team, but they could be even worse. Right now, all they can do is play as nest as they possibly can. While there is no chance of winning a medal, the least they can do is fight for a win. It would be embarassing to quit in their home country just because there is no chance of winning.

Great Britain’s next and final game of the 2012 London Olympics is on Monday, August 6, at 10:45 AM CT/4:45 PM local against China.

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