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GB men's basketball team lose 95-75 to Russia

Pops Mensah-Bonsu reacts during the men's group B basketball match against RussiaAP

GB men's basketball team lost their opening match of the London Games to Russia 95-75.

It was GB's first Olympics basketball appearance since 1948.

Things started really well for the home side and they led 18-17 following a three-pointer from star player Luol Deng.

But Russia began to gain control and after opening up a 49-34 lead at the half-time, they never looked in danger.

GB forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu said his team must get over the defeat quickly.

"We'll look at the tape and bounce back. We felt our half-court defence was good and they struggled against it," he said.

Luol DengAP
NBA all-star Deng led Britain's attack with 26 points

Elsewhere reigning champions the USA , powered to a 97-71 victory over France.

Meanwhile, GB's next opponents Brazil earned a hard-fought 75-71 win over Australia, while Spain defeated China 97-81.