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British wheelchair basketball teams bow out at Worlds

2010 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships
Dates: 7-17 July, National Indoor Arena, Birmingham
Coverage: Daily reports on the BBC Sport website; video highlights from selected games.


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Highlights: British sides bow out at Worlds

Great Britain's men's and women's teams both lost their quarter-finals at the World Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Birmingham.

GB's men led France 23-19 at half-time but the French seized control thereafter to run out 59-50 winners.

The GB women's team were ousted 53-37 by a highly-fancied United States side.

Germany, Australia and Canada also remain in the women's draw, while the American, Italian and Australian men all survived their last eight ties.

It had looked promising for the British men when Jon Pollock three-pointed in the first offence of the game before a clearly rattled French team missed some glaring opportunities.

The French, though, eventually found their rhythm on Bastille Day, and by the end of the first quarter GB were ahead by a solitary point - 12-13.

Scores from Gaz Choudry and Terry Bywater helped Britain maintain their edge for a four-point half-time lead.

France's consistency from free-throws would prove telling, however, and by the end of the third they were in the ascendancy, leading 37-35.

And, when leading scorer Bywater left the court after receiving his fifth foul in the fourth, France seized their opportunity to wrap up victory.

The British women could do little to stop the brilliance of American Rebecca Murray, who scored all of the US's first 10 points, although the hosts clung on to trail 17-10 after the first quarter.

GB men's coach slams 'unacceptable defeat'

Britain could have pushed their opponents closer in the next period but for a plethora of missed chances from free-throws.

They still managed to edge a low-scoring quarter 8-7 to leave a 24-18 half-time scoreline.

The prolific Murray, however, began dominate in the third and the favourites led 36-28 going into the last period.

Britain cut the deficit to three points following a three-point play from Claire Strange, however yet more wasted possession cost the home side dear as the more clinical US pulled away in the closing stages to end British medal hopes.



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