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Last Updated: Wednesday, 9 May 2007, 19:10 GMT 20:10 UK
Double defeat at World Cup semis
By Elizabeth Hudson in Manchester

Simon Munn
Simon Munn scored 12 points in the men's defeat
The Great Britain men's and women's wheelchair basketball teams both suffered defeats in their semi-finals at the Visa Paralympic World Cup.

The men lost 53-41 to world champions Canada and now face Netherlands in Thursday's bronze medal play-off.

"They played badly and still beat us by 12 points. That shows how poorly we played," said coach Murray Treseder.

The GB women failed to repeat their earlier pool victory over Spain, losing 48-39 and will face France for bronze.

The men, who had lost 61-53 to Canada in Tuesday's pool game, struggled badly in their second encounter.

Canada took an early lead and although GB were only 22-21 behind at half-time, they struggled to impose themselves on the game and missed a host of scoring chances.

Canada led 33-26 going into the final quarter but despite some hard work from Simon Munn, Ade Orogbemi and Abdi Jama, they fell further behind as the second half wore on.

Munn finished on 12 points with Jon Pollock on eight while Richard Peter had 13 for Canada.

If ever there was a chance to beat Canada it was today and some of our players could live to regret that opportunity
GB men's coach Murray Treseder

"If ever there was a chance to beat Canada it was today and some of our players could live to regret that opportunity," added Treseder.

"We have been far too inconsistent in this tournament so far and today there was too much discrepancy between our best and worst performances. It wasn't good to watch.

"We have a chance to atone for that defeat on Thursday but the Dutch are a feisty team and they have played well in the tournament so far."

The GB women had no answer to the scoring power of Spain's Victoria Alonso and Esther Torres Munoz, who combined for 35 points which allowed them take control of the game in the second half.

GB had led by two points after the first quarter (12-10) and were only a point adrift by the interval (25-24) but they struggled offensively after the break.

Sarah Burrett top-scored for GB on nine points with Helen Turner on seven and Turner, back in the side after a break following the Athens Paralympics, was bitterly disappointed with the result.

"We didn't play well and our shooting was the area that let us down," she said. "We were chasing the game in the last quarter and that told in our energy levels.

"But it is important for us to pick ourselves up for our next game against France and hopefully we can repeat our victory from Monday."

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