Olympics basketball: GB men's coach Chris Finch resigns

British Basketball men's head coach Chris Finch has quit following the team's exit from the London Olympics.

In their most impressive performance of the Games, Britain recorded a 90-58 victory over China on Monday.

"That is likely to be my last game here, but the focus should be on my guys," said Finch, who is an assistant coach at the Houston Rockets.

"The challenge was to build something. I never really thought that I would be here after seven years," he added.

"I laugh when people say we were given our spot here in the Olympics because it sure didn't feel like it when we were trying to get up through Division B and qualify for Europe. We really achieved something here."

Although Great Britain entered a team in the 1948 Olympics, the current programme has existed only since 2006, after a gap of 14 years, when British Basketball was set up to prepare a team for the home Olympics.

Finch led the team from its inception, coaching a pick-up squad at its first tournament in the Baltic Cup in Malmo, Sweden, in 2006.

GB finished 13th in last year's European Championships after governing body Fiba decided to give them a host nation's berth at London 2012.

Despite his team only winning one of their five group games in London, Finch believes the next generation of players will be inspired by their Olympic appearance.

"The game is going to get a shot in the arm from our presence here. I think it's going to be really good for the game," he said.

"We have a bright future. We've got a long way to go, but this is a good step. We answered every challenge thrown at us, but we fell a little short on this one. But it was incredibly satisfying professionally and personally."

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