Olympics basketball: Australia crush GB quarter-final hopes

Joel Freeland

Great Britain men's basketball team blew a 15-point lead as Australia ended their hopes of reaching the Olympic quarter-finals with a 106-75 defeat.

After losing their first three games, GB knew a win against Australia could qualify them for the knockout phase.

It looked a real possibility when Chris Finch's side held a 46-36 half-time lead at the Basketball Arena.

But Australia blitzed the home side in the second half, outscoring them 70-29 with Patty Mills ending with 39 points.

Joel Freeland top-scored for GB with 16 points and Dan Clark added 14.

The United States had their closest games of the Olympics so far winning 99-94 against Lithuania.

European champions Spain were edged out 77-74 by Russia while Brazil romped to a 98-59 victory over China.

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