Barking Abbey’s Josh Ogundele and Coach Peter Berenyi have helped the Great Britain Under-18 Men’s side to a Silver medal and promotion to Division A at the European Championships in Tallinn, Estonia.
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 young and so will have another opportunity to play at Under-18 level next summer. His best outing came in a 17 minute display against Albania, where he had 7 offensive rebounds to go with his 4 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, an assistant coach with the Great Britain Under-18 side, is 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.
“I couldn’t be more proud of each and every member of this group, staff and players,” Great Britain Head Coach Keane commented.
“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.”