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Last Updated: Thursday, 10 May 2007, 17:51 GMT 18:51 UK
GB basketballers win bronze medal
By Elizabeth Hudson in Manchester

Great Britain's Andy Blake shoots for a basket
Great Britain easily beat Holland for the bronze medal
The Great Britain men's wheelchair basketball team easily overpowered the Netherlands to clinch the bronze medal at the Paralympic World Cup.

GB triumphed 74-37 to partly make amends for Wednesday's disappointing semi-final loss to Canada.

"We were looking to redeem ourselves and we did it well," said Jon Pollock, who top-scored for GB on 16 points.

The GB women's basketball team missed out on a medal though, losing 48-25 to France in their bronze medal play-off.

The GB men made a tentative start against the Netherlands, who had beaten them at last year's World Championships in Amsterdam.

But the home side took control midway through the second quarter, going on a 16-5 run to take a 38-22 interval lead.

After the garbage we served up in our last game, that was a lot better

GB coach Murray Treseder

They then dominated matters to restrict the Dutch and create some good scoring chances with Pete Finbow and Ade Orogbemi both netting 10 points apiece.

There was also an emotional farewell for Athens Paralympian Sinclair Thomas, in his last tournament before retiring.

"After the garbage we served up in our last game, that was a lot better, but the tragedy is we know should have been in the final," said GB coach Murray Treseder.

"I would have retired four players after the defeat to Canada but they have played themselves back into contention for our next tournament.

"We've still got a long way to go and we are looking for more consistency. We are not professional in all the things we do at the moment but we will improve."

Pollock added: "We felt we let both ourselves and the coach down against Canada so it was important to play well.

"Murray is teaching us a different system of basketball and after having the same coach for seven years, we've only had three sessions with him. But we are getting there."

World and Paralympic champions Canada staged a dramatic late comeback to beat Australia 49-47 in the men's final.

Canada trailed until the final 90 seconds but hauled themselves back into the game through Joey Johnson and Richard Peter before Bo Hedges scored the match-winning basket with 2.1 seconds left.

Great Britain's women struggled with their shooting against France, who they had beaten in the round-robin stage.

France led 17-8 after the first quarter and although GB stemmed the tide in the second quarter and were only 19-15 adrift at the break, France upped the pace again in the second half to claim an easy win.

"We have to go back to the drawing board, especially when it comes to our shooting," said coach Garry Peel.

"But I tried a few different combinations and I'm pleased with the way our youngsters came on but we still have plenty of work to do ahead of the Europeans in September."

Japan overwhelmed Spain 50-17 to win gold.

SEE ALSO
Double defeat at World Cup semis
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GB teams reach World Cup semis
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Australia foil British fightback
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