September 6 - With less than 24 hours until they open their European Basketball Championships campaign Pops Mensah-Bonsu insists Britain are ready and raring to go, although the bookmakers are offering short-odds that they will lose all of their three matches in Poland.

Britain are up against it when facing Slovenia, Serbia and world champions Spain

and Stan James are offering3/10 that they will fail to win any of their group games.

Stan James spokesman Charlie McCann said: "It will be a great experience for Great Britain and their coach Chris Finch, but without star player Luol Deng we believe they will be eliminated without tasting victory.

"It will be a new experience for many of the players playing three games in three days, although it should be noted that our sole success in this summer's friendlies was against Slovenia, who we take on first."

Mensah-Bonsu, however, is more confident that Britain will make an impact in the tournament, the first time they have qualified since 1981.

The new Houston Rockets (pictured) signing said: "We are ready to go; we've anticipated this for a while now and I'm glad we are finally here, especially on a personal level as I've had to wait for my time to be with the team.

"You could look at each game one at a time, but at the end of the day they are all going to be tough.

"Obviously people have been saying this is the hardest group here and there's a reason for that.

"We will just try and go out and go hard.

"To get out of this group you're looking at needing a couple of wins and there's no doubt that not only would that be a great achievement within the group and within Europe, but also in the world because of the calibre of opposition we are up against.

"We've come out here with a couple of notable results, particularly the win against Slovenia, but the guys know they have to put those games behind them.

"Everything pre-Poland we have to put behind us and focus on the road that lies ahead."

The Londoner was only cleared to play for Britain a couple of days ago after a £40,000 scheme to insure him was worked out.

Britain completed two training sessions at the Torwar Arena in Warsaw earlier, much to the relief of Finch, who has so far this summer had his hand forced on selection owing to injuries and illness.

Pops-Mensah said: "I haven't played with the team yet, but from what I've heard we've had one too many turnovers and we can't do that now.

"We just need to play hard and try and get some easy baskets."

Britain open their campaign against Slovenia, who they beat 63-56 victory at the four-nation tournament in Seville last month, tomorrow at 5.15pm while the other Group-C game will see Spain player Serbia at 8pm.

Spain are 4/7 to lift the trophy, with Greece 15/2, Lithuania 8/1 and France and Slovenia both 11/1.

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