Great Britain were left lamenting their long-standing problems with turnovers after losing their Olympic opener 95-75 to Russia.
Britain committed 14 turnovers in the first half alone to fall into a 49-34 deficit at the break, and although they tightened things up in the second half there was no way back against a quality Russian team who got 35 points from Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrei Kirilenko.
Britain coach Chris Finch, who used to head coach of Sheffield Sharks, has been preaching the importance of taking care of the ball to his players all summer, but it was the same story once again as his players let Russia score easy baskets in the first half.
“We knew exactly what our challenges were coming in to the game,” Finch said.
“We knew the key was to not turn the ball over against pressure, and we did not do a job, particularly in the second quarter when we gave them a run of easy baskets.”