Barking Abbey’s Ogundele and Berenyi help GB under-18s to promotion
PUBLISHED: 08:46 08 August 2017 | UPDATED: 08:46 08 August 2017
Barking Abbey’s Josh Ogundele and coach Peter Berenyi helped the Great Britain under-18 men’s side to a silver medal and promotion to Division A at the European Championships in Estonia, writes Jacob Ranson.
The GB side suffered a tough 90-84 overtime loss in the final to Croatia, but did enough to secure promotion to play with Europe’s elite next summer.
Great Britain finished 6-2 overall at the tournament, picking up wins over Czech Republic, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Albania, Bulgaria and Estonia, whilst suffering a two point loss to Sweden in the group stages and then Croatia in the final.
Ogundele, who made the squad a year early will have another opportunity to play at the under-18 level next summer.
His best outing came in a 17 minute display against Albania, where he had seven offensive rebounds to go with his four points.
Ogundele played for Barking Abbey’s Division 4 and undefeated championship-winning EABL squad this season, and made the step up from the England Under-16s last summer.
Berenyi, who is an assistant coach with the Great Britain under-18 side, is also an assistant coach with Barking Abbey’s partner club Kent Crusaders, where he helped the Division 2 Men’s team to the play-off and league title last season.
Great Britain Head Coach Keane said: “I couldn’t be more proud of each and every member of this group, staff and players.
“I can’t give enough credit to the players for buying into the system, trusting the process and leaving the ego at the door.
“Ian (MacLeod), Peter (Berenyi), Pistol (Pete Daines), Ellen (Scott), Paddy (Waplington) and Rob (Newson), what a crew.
“We asked the players to expose their vulnerabilities and the result of that you saw on the court.
“However, maximum credit to the staff for accepting the same and giving everything they got.”
Barking Abbey’s Robin Bedford represented a different Great Britain under-18s side at the 3×3 Europe Cup qualifier in Hungary this weekend.
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