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Last Updated: Wednesday, 22 June, 2005, 03:30 GMT 04:30 UK
Portugal overcome England again
By Rob Dugdale
BBC Sport in Belem, Portugal

England's basketball team lost the second game of their three-match series 88-70 against Portugal.

Peter Scantlebury's team struggled to defend against Portugal's outside shooters in the opening 12 minutes and soon found themselves 35-14 down.

They reduced the deficit to five points in the third quarter, only for the hosts to pull away again.

Julius Joseph scored 23 points for England, while captain Ronnie Baker and centre Robert Reed added 16 each.

Paulo Simao was the main danger to England early on, hitting four three-pointers in Portugal's impressive start.

But Baker scored 12 points to lead a mini-revival in the second quarter.

Reed, playing his best game for England, sparked a 9-0 run in the third quarter in the third quarter which threatened to upset the hosts.

England now trail 2-0 and cannot win the series which concludes on Wednesday in Casal Vistoso.

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