GB Senior Men to face Greece in Eurobasket Preparation

April 21, 2017

The Great Britain Senior Men’s Basketball team will take on Greece, ranked number 13 in the world, on Saturday 19 August at the Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in London.

The game will be part of both teams’ preparations for the upcoming FIBA EuroBasket Finals, which start on 31st August.

GB Senior Men’s Head Coach, Joe Prunty, said “Greece is not only one of the top teams in Europe, but one of the top teams in the world.  Through the years they have had tremendous talent and have been well coached.  Having finished in the top 5 in eleven of the last fifteen EuroBasket’s shows their consistency.  As always the team will be excited to be back in London playing in front of the home crowd.  This will be a great game in preparation for EuroBasket and Group D which has 3 of the top 10 teams in the world.”

British Basketball Chief Executive, Lisa Wainwright, commented “We are delighted to be able to announce such an attractive game as part of the build-up to EuroBasket for our Senior Men. We look forward to welcoming basketball fans from around the country, and hopefully visitors from Greece, to the Copper Box Arena in August, which is a terrific venue for fans to get close to the action.”

GB Internationalist Kieron Achara added: "Having the opportunity to play one of the best teams in the world is always going to play a massive part in preparing any team for international competition. I have been working hard throughout the BBL season to ensure I am in a position to be considered for this Summer's squad and it is great to see that the team will have a really competitive preparation game against one of the best teams to compete in Eurobasket."

Great Britain are in Group D of EuroBasket 2017, playing in Istanbul where they will face Turkey, Belgium, Latvia, Russia and Serbia. Greece is in Group A where they will compete in Helsinki against Finland, France, Iceland, Poland and Slovenia. 

The tournament starts on 31st August and runs until 17th September. For further details on EuroBasket 2017, click HERE.

Tickets for the game are expected to be on sale the week of 24 April. More details will follow.