Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jones-Led Late Rally Is Not Enough on Return ; Basketball

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jones-Led Late Rally Is Not Enough on Return ; Basketball

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ITALY spoilt Georgia Jones' Manchester homecoming last night, beating her Great Britain side 60-48 at the Amaechi Centre.

Britain were within touching distance of their opponents with just seven minutes left on the clock, but Euroleague Women star Laura Macchi inspired a 10-0 run to ensure Italy left Manchester with a win in the Eurobasket 2017 Group C qualifier.

Point guard Jones had a solid game, laying on four assists - the most on either side - and sinking a fine threepointer to give Britain that glimpse of hope in the fourth quarter.

However, the night belonged to Macchi as she finished with a game- high 27 points.

Chantelle Handy also impressed with 16 points and opened the scoring with back-toback three pointers. The slick scores pumped up the crowd and the volume kicked up a notch when star guard Johannah Leedham helped open a seven-point gap before the hosts ended the first quarter 16-7 in front. …

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