Great Britain's hopes of promotion to FIBA U20 European Championship Division A were ended by a 69-53 quarter-final defeat against Croatia in Chalkida, Greece on Friday.
Andreas Kapoulas' side came up just short against one of the tournament favourites as their 17 turnovers were converted into 29 Croatia points - with four of their players scoring in double figures.
Jules Dang Akodo and Josh Steel impressed once more for the Brits with 12 points apiece, but it was not enough to avoid a last-eight exit.
GB will now face Poland on Saturday as they play for fifth place.
Kapoulas said: "It's a bit tough to take at the moment.
"I'm very proud of the guys, not just the way they played this game but the overall commitment they have shown throughout the European Championship.
"Croatia is a team that has been averaging 85 points-per-game throughout the competition and we limited them to 69. We said before the game that if we kept them in the 60s we had a chance.
"Defensively we were quite good, apart from the start of the first and third quarters. Offensively, we were not able to get it going and did not get within striking distance.
"Croatia is a very high-calibre team. Six of the eight quarter-finalists were in Division A last year and this team could be in the Division A quarter-finals now."
He added: "We have learned a lot during this tournament and this group has shown a lot of resilience.
"We have two more games now and we want to win them and go out on a high."
A five-point first quarter from Sam Idowu, including a deep three-pointer, helped reel Croatia back in after a quick start.
Croatia increased the intensity in the second period, but GB were able to keep in touch despite their struggles from long range, as they closed the half on a 6-0 run.
The Brits came out of the blocks quickly in the third period, Kyle Carey completing a swift break. But Croatia again had another gear, and poured in nine unanswered points to open up a 17-point lead entering the final stanza - and this was ultimately too much to come back from.
After the game, GB guard Pharroh Gordon was taken to hospital with a suspected broken nose.