It was Great Britain who had edged out a narrow 18-15 lead by the end of the first quarter with seven points from forward Gaz Choudhry. Following tense early exchanges between the two teams, the game began to open up and a jump shot from Abdi Jama to close the quarter saw the crowd begin to find it’s voice.
Benefitting from the University of Worcester Arena’s show court for the tournament’s semi-finals stage, the Great Britain team was cheered on by a partisan crowd. But it was the action on the court that continued to give the supporters reasons to cheer, with Great Britain outscoring Germany by 19 points to 9 through the third quarter and opening up a seven point lead entering the final period of play.
But following the free-flowing nature of the game, the lead was soon narrowed to just one point by Germany. With the two teams going hoop-for-hoop as the final buzzer drew nearer, the lead continued changing hands. But it was an Abdi Jama two-pointer with two minutes to go, followed by Germany missing the following counter attack’s two point attempt, that opened a five point gap for Great Britain.
Despite a tense final few minutes as Germany again looked to narrow the gap, some key three throws from forward Terry Bywater (who fell just short of a triple double for the game) closed the game out and booked their spot in the gold medal match on Sunday, September 6th (17:15).
Tickets available are available for both Great Britain women’s semi final tonight at 18:15 and Great Britain men’s gold medal match at http://euro2015.uk/euros/index.cfm/schedule/
MVP: Abdi Jama