After five straight wins in European championship qualifying, Luol Deng’s British squad was worked over by host Macedonia 75-56 on Monday.
Now 5-1 in pool play, Great Britain can still wrap up a spot in next year’s championships by winning one of its last two games against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday or Ukraine on Sunday.
Deng had an interesting stat line, finishing with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 8 turnovers. He hit 4 of 13 shots from the field and just 3 of 9 free throws.
Part-time NBA power forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu produced 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Brits.
Macedonia’s top scorer with 20 points was Bo McCalebb, a 6-foot guard from the University of New Orleans. Why is a Louisiana native playing for Macedonia? Not sure, but European teams have been allowed to bring ringers to these tournaments for a few years. Naperville’s Henry Domercant is averaging 13.8 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina.