Great Britain were beaten 79-56 by France, host of their third EuroBasket qualifying match.
GB had a terrible start to Friday’s game at Pau, losing 22-2 in the first quarter and trailing 46-20 at halftime.
They improved in the second half, leading the third quarter, but never seemed to turn things around.
Ashley Hamilton scored 12 points for the visitors, Dan Clark and Gabe Olaseni adding 11 each.
GB missed his first nine shots and returned the ball five times before stepping onto the plateau after France hit 15 unanswered points.
A strong start to the second quarter (7-2) offered hope that British guards Tarik Phillip and Luke Nelson generated the threat their side needed, but France responded with a 15-5 run and extended the ‘advance at the end of half-time.
GB scored the first eight points of the second half, but France regained control again to take a 25-point cushion in the final 10 minutes, a lead in which the visitors were unable to make a significant dent.
Marc Steutel’s side face Montenegro at Pau on Sunday in the second of two qualifiers, and it’s a game they probably need to win if they are to have a chance of reaching next year’s final.
“We are disappointed with the result,” said Clark. “We made life difficult in the first half. We have to build on some positives from the game because we have another game on Sunday – and it’s a game we have to win. “
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