|17 January 2010|
The road back to the EuroBasket is a tough one for Great Britain with qualifying games against F.Y.R. of Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine and Hungary.
The Division A draw was held in Munich on Saturday and Britain coach Chris Finch was given much to ponder.
In their successful qualifying campaign for EuroBasket 2009, Great Britain finished top of a group that included Israel, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Czech Republic.
"We may have been seeded in the second pot for the draw but that didn't mean we took anything for granted," Finch said.
"Make no mistake, Division A is tough and perhaps last time we took people by surprise because we were a relatively unknown quantity, but now, we have been exposed to more top-level European basketball."
Indeed, taking on difficult opponents is nothing new for the Brits.
At last year's EuroBasket in Poland, Great Britain took on Slovenia, Spain and Serbia and lost each game.
"Last year everyone said we were drawn in the 'group of death' at the Europeans and yes, it was tough, but particularly against Spain we stepped up and raised our game," Finch said.
"And that's what we will have to do this summer."
In their Group A game against Spain at the EuroBasket with leading man Luol Deng hurt and unavailable for the tournament, Finch's team fought back from a 16-point third-quarter deficit against Spain and took the lead midway through the final frame.
Spain eventually won the game, 84-76.
Spain, Serbia and Slovenia all made sure the pool lived up to its 'group of death' billing by making it to the Semi-finals, with Spain ultimately beating Serbia in the title game.
"With everyone available and the ability to prepare for this campaign correctly, I see no reason why we can't be one of the main contenders for qualifying," Finch said.