The last time Great Britain fielded a men’s basketball team that competed in the Olympics was 1948. London was the host city and their team went 0-5.
Ironically enough, 64 years later the City of London would once again play host to another Olympic Games and their men’s basketball team remains winless as Great Britain fell to Australia on Saturday by a final score of 106-75 in their second-to-last game of pool play in Group B.
The loss moved the British squad to 0-4, which all but eliminates them from having an opportunity to compete in the medal round as only the top four teams from each pool advance.
Chicago Bulls star Luol Deng played his worst game of the tournament, struggling mightily, scoring just nine points on 3-15 shooting from the field. He also grabbed six rebounds and had two assists and two steals.
Deng had been Britain’s go-to player in every game but appeared to have run out of gas on Saturday which could be attributed to his staggering average of 37 minutes per outing. FIBA rules allot 40 minutes of regulation each game.
In four games in the Olympics, Deng averaged 18.3 points per contest.