Basketball: British squads aim to keep on target for Olympics

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The Independent Online

Great Britain's men and women can build further credibility into their campaign to earn the right to compete in the 2012 London Olympics, in the next round of the European B Championship group matches tonight.

Britain's men, buoyant after Wednesday's 72-69 overtime win in Albania, will have at least joint leadership of their five-team Group B if they beat Belarus at Sheffield's Ponds Forge.

The women's squad face Luxembourg at Cardiff after opening their Group B schedule with an impressive72-66 victory in Estonia last weekend. The women's coach, Mark Clark, said: "We've got to put ourselves in a strong position in this group and make sure we get another win tonight."

Assuming the Dutch defeat Albania tonight, victory for Britain over Belarus will give them joint leadership of the group with the Netherlands ahead of next season's return fixtures. The group winners automatically qualify for a play-off to be promoted to the A Championships.

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