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ACTION STATIONS: France on the attack against Great Britain

EVEN THOUGH Great Britain did not win the London International Basketball Invitational, the tournament has still been dubbed a success. France claimed victory in the Olympic test event and the first event to bring spectators in to the Olympic Park.

Great Britain finished in fifth place in the tournament which is part of the London Prepares Series, but narrowly missed out on a higher spot after a close defeat by Serbia and a tense 91-90 loss to Australia on the final day of competition.

The sell-out tournament was praised by players and FIBA officials who said that it was “an excellent event with strong support from spectators.”

Nate Reinking from Great Britain said of the venue and the event: “It’s a great venue, it does Britain proud. The set up is very nice, well organised. It’s a good taster for next year.”

Robert Archibald, a veteran of the Great Britain squad added: “I was pleasantly surprised this week. Three thousand tickets were all snatched up...the sport this week has been great.”

The event brought one of the best ever Basketball line-ups to Great Britain and also gave the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) the chance to test parts of its operations including the court; results, timing and scoring systems; workforce and flow of spectators.

Debbie Jevans, Director of Sport at LOCOG said of the event:
“It has been so fantastic to see competitive sport played in Olympic Park for the first time and see spectators soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying world class sport within the Basketball Arena.

“We will now sit down with FIBA as well as working with the athletes in order to do a full debrief which will aid our planning for next year.”

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