Great Britain v Iceland Eurobasket 2015 Qualifier

20 AUG 2014 - LONDON, GBR - Devon Van Oostrum (GBR) (right) from Great Britain shoots during the men's 2015 EuroBasket 3rd Qualifying Round game against Iceland at the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2014 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2014 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

20 AUG 2014 - LONDON, GBR - Devon Van Oostrum (right) from Great Britain shoots during the men's 2015 EuroBasket 3rd Qualifying Round game against Iceland at the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2014 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

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20th August 2014 – The Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London, Great Britain

Iceland ended the hopes of Great Britain’s men qualifying for the Eurobasket 2015 at the Copper Box Arena with a 71-69 win that also kept alive their hopes of reaching the tournament for the first time in their history.

20 AUG 2014 - LONDON, GBR - Kieron Achara (GBR) from Great Britain prepares to shoot during the men's 2015 EuroBasket 3rd Qualifying Round game against Iceland at the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2014 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2014 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

20 AUG 2014 - LONDON, GBR - Kieron Achara from Great Britain prepares to shoot during the men's 2015 EuroBasket 3rd Qualifying Round game against Iceland at the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2014 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

The British started well and led for virtually all of the first half dropping behind only once when a three pointer from Iceland’s Logi Gunnarsson, just under 8 minutes in, took the visitors ahead to 15-16.

20 AUG 2014 - LONDON, GBR - Myles Hesson (GBR) from Great Britain dunks the ball during the men's 2015 EuroBasket 3rd Qualifying Round game against Iceland at the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2014 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2014 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

20 AUG 2014 - LONDON, GBR - Myles Hesson (GBR) from Great Britain dunks the ball during the men's 2015 EuroBasket 3rd Qualifying Round game against Iceland at the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2014 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

Then a little over a minute into the third quarter, having twice in a matter of seconds due to two three-pointers from Myles Hesson built up a lead of thirteen points, just one off the magical number they needed to win by to keep them in with a chance of qualifying, the hosts lost their rhythm. Whether it was the realisation that after losses in the two previous rounds that not only were they winning but still within a chance of making the finals, tiredness caused by the qualifying schedule tied in with the travel arrangements forced on them by financial constraints or some other reason a series of turnovers and missed shots allowed Iceland back into the game.

20 AUG 2014 - LONDON, GBR - Great Britain Head Coach Joe Prunty (GBR) (right) rues a missed point during the men's 2015 EuroBasket 3rd Qualifying Round game at the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2014 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2014 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

20 AUG 2014 - LONDON, GBR - Great Britain Head Coach Joe Prunty (GBR) (right) rues a missed point during the men's 2015 EuroBasket 3rd Qualifying Round game at the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2014 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

Over the course of the quarter Iceland clawed back the points until with four seconds left a jump shot from Helgi Mar Magnisson took the team into a two point lead.

Despite dropping five points behind in the fourth quarter the hosts fought back to within two points, their narrowest defeat of the tournament but in the end it was the Icelandic team who celebrated knowing they still had a chance to reach the finals.

20 AUG 2014 - LONDON, GBR - The final score shows how close the Great Britain men's basketball team came to defeating Iceland in their 2015 EuroBasket 3rd Qualifying Round game in the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2014 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2014 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

20 AUG 2014 - LONDON, GBR - The final score shows how close the Great Britain men's basketball team came to defeating Iceland in their 2015 EuroBasket 3rd Qualifying Round game in the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2014 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)


TOP SCORERS
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Great Britain
Kieron Achara – 15 points
Dan Clark – 14 points

Iceland
Jon Arnor Stefansson – 23 points
Hordur Vilhjálmsson – 17 points


20 AUG 2014 - LONDON, GBR - Devan Bailey (GBR) (left) from Great Britain finds his path to Iceland's net blocked during the men's 2015 EuroBasket 3rd Qualifying Round game against Iceland at the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2014 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2014 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

20 AUG 2014 - LONDON, GBR - Devan Bailey (GBR) (left) from Great Britain finds his path to Iceland's net blocked during the men's 2015 EuroBasket 3rd Qualifying Round game against Iceland at the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2014 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

20 AUG 2014 - LONDON, GBR - The Great Britain men's team listen as the national anthems are played ahead f their men's 2015 EuroBasket 3rd Qualifying Round game against Iceland at the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2014 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2014 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

20 AUG 2014 - LONDON, GBR - The Great Britain men's team listen as the national anthems are played ahead f their men's 2015 EuroBasket 3rd Qualifying Round game against Iceland at the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2014 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

20 AUG 2014 - LONDON, GBR - Dan Clark (GBR) (left) from Great Britain looks for a way past the Iceland defence during their men's 2015 EuroBasket 3rd Qualifying Round game at the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2014 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2014 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

20 AUG 2014 - LONDON, GBR - Dan Clark (GBR) (left) from Great Britain looks for a way past the Iceland defence during their men's 2015 EuroBasket 3rd Qualifying Round game at the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2014 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

20 AUG 2014 - LONDON, GBR - Kyle Johnson (GBR) (right in white) from Great Britain attempts to score as he tries to avoid a challenge from Hlynur Baeringsson (ISL) (left) from Iceland during their men's 2015 EuroBasket 3rd Qualifying Round game at the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2014 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2014 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

20 AUG 2014 - LONDON, GBR - Kyle Johnson (GBR) (right in white) from Great Britain attempts to score as he tries to avoid a challenge from Hlynur Baeringsson (ISL) (left) from Iceland during their men's 2015 EuroBasket 3rd Qualifying Round game at the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2014 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

20 AUG 2014 - LONDON, GBR - Great Britain Head Coach Joe Prunty (GBR) gives a team talk during the men's 2015 EuroBasket 3rd Qualifying Round game in the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2014 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2014 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

20 AUG 2014 - LONDON, GBR - Great Britain Head Coach Joe Prunty (GBR) gives a team talk during the men's 2015 EuroBasket 3rd Qualifying Round game in the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2014 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)




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