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GB in basketball loss to Aussies

GB men's basketball take on Australia
Peter Finbow (right) battles for the ball with Aussie Justin Eveson

Great's Britain's wheelchair basketball men's team fell to a disappointing 67-54 semi-final loss to Australia.

Britain trailed by 21 points at the end of the third quarter and despite a strong fight-back in the latter stages, the Aussies secured a comfortable win.

GB will now play in the bronze medal match against the United States, who lost their semi-final 69-62 to Canada.

Meanwhile, in the archery, Britain's John Cavanagh won an excellent silver in the individual compound category.

After beating the United States' John Fabry in 109-107 in a close semi-final, Cavanagh faced the Czech Republic's David Drahoninsky.

Cavanagh was unable to defend the title he won in Athens four years ago, losing 108-103 to the Czech.

"I'm proud that I've won the medal," said the 52-year-old.

"Of course you are hoping for more when you come here, but I'd have felt comfortable if I'd come in the top four."

Britain's wheelchair rugby team were beaten 43-37 by Australia in their final group match, but still progressed to Monday's semi-final against the US.

The match was a lively affair and tied at 19-19 at the half-way mark, but after taking a one point lead in the third quarter, Australia surged away.

GB's top scorer Troye Collins said: "We gave it all we had tonight. We knew it was going to be a tough game."

Powerlifter Ali Jawad finished 9th in the Men's -75kg final.

Britain's James Rawson and Neil Robinson were unable to progress to the team table tennis class 3 final, losing 3-0 to France in the semis.

The women's class 1-3 team lost their semi-final against Italy by the same scoreline.

In the 7-a-side football Britain's men lost 4-2 to the Netherlands in their 5th-8th classification match.

Wheelchair fencer Lee Fawcett finished bottom of his preliminary group in the men's individual foil.

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