THE frustration continued for Sheffield Sharks guard Nate Reinking as he and his team pushed South American giants Brazil all the way.
However, it was another defeat for Great Britain as their inability to close out a victory against one of the sport’s major powers was exposed once again.
In the end the margin of defeat, 67-62, was irrelevant. It was more about GB’s lack of a signature win, which is holding back their Olympic campaign.
Leading 11-4 after the first quarter, Great Britain were managing to frustrate the Brazilians. By half time, though, the score was tied at 27-27 and Brazil took a 48-43 lead into the final period.
Britain fought back with excellent shooting by Reinking and NBA star Luol Deng to lead 51-50 but a decisive burst by Brazil took the match away from them. Deng had the chance to make it a one possession game but could only make one of three free throws and Brazil clung on for the win.
Reinking said it was another learning experience and he was pleased to rediscover his shooting touch as he scored 13 points.
“I think we’ll be in these games going down the stretch and then it’s just a case of executing and doing the little things.
“I Found my touch a little bit. I’m just trying to do what it takes. First half it didn’t feel good but I’m a shooter so I’m just going to keep letting it fly.”
Britain will need two victories to advance into the quarter finals but their next match tomorrow is potentially their toughest. They’ll play European champions Spain with Reinking knowing it will be a difficult night.
He said: “Every team is tough. It’ll come down to these scraps and fights in the last couple of minutes. We have to execute, do the little things and grab one of these wins. We’ll come out fighting tomorrow. This was one we wanted, now we want the one on Thursday.”
What’s on day 5
Diver Nick Robinson-Baker is our area’s first genuine medal chance in the 3m synchro with partner Chris Mears (3pm).
Rotherham’s Fran Leighton leads her water polo team against Australia (7.40pm).
Sheffield’s Rachel Laybourne and the volleyball girls play Italy at Earls Court (4.45pm).
Swinton archer Amy Oliver takes on India’s Deepika Kumari at Lord’s cricket ground (10.57am).
Joe Roebuck is in the heats of the 200m medley (heat 3 from 11.06am) and on her 20th birthday swimmer Becky Turner is in the 200m relay squad (heat 1 from 11.26am).
Barry Middleton and Alastair Wilson take on South Africa at hockey 4pm .
Paul Goodison sailing, laser class races 5 and 6.