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Basketball: Britain suffer late defeat to Germany

May 26, 2014

Great Britain’s women suffered a disappointing defeat to Germany in the second of their two-match series in Worcester.


Britain, who had beaten the Germans 64-42 on Saturday, went down 56-54, with top scorer Katharina Fikiel getting the winning basket for the visitors with only 2.7 seconds left.

Led by  Harvard University-based Londoner Temi Fagbenle, Britain led 21-13 at the end of the first quarter and held a narrow 30-27 advantage at the interval.

As the match grew closer Germany led by a point going into the final quarter, but Fagbenle and Rachael Vanderwal helped Britain to a four-point lead with 33 seconds remaining.

A three-point play from Germany’s Romy Bar cut the lead to one point and although another Vanderwal free throw put Britain two ahead, Nelli Dietrich hit two free throws to level the game before Fikiel’s match-winning score.

Britain now travel to Moscow to face Russia on Wednesday and Thursday.

Beth Shine, Sportsister,
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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