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GB sides restore pride with wins 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.


Terry Bywater
Bywater finished with 14 points for Great Britain

Great Britain's men's and women's teams will both play-off for fifth and sixth places at the World Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Birmingham.

The men recovered from a poor third quarter against Canada before storming back in the final quarter to win 67-51 in their crossover game.

GB trailed by 12 points in the third quarter but outscored their opponents 29-6 in the last 10 minutes to win.

The women put in their best performance of the tournament to beat Japan 46-31.

The team, with six players under the age of 21, had suffered some narrow defeats earlier in the tournament but were hugely encouraged by their display in Wednesday's quarter-final loss to the USA.

They led 18-15 after a closely-contested first half but started to edge ahead late in the third quarter thanks to the influence of Clare Strange, Laurie Williams and Caroline Matthews.

They maintained their momentum in the final quarter and will now face the Netherlands for fifth place on Friday, having lost to the Dutch by only one point in their opening game of the tournament.

Strange led the scoring for GB, who were ranked eighth coming into the tournament, with 13 points while Helen Freeman hit nine points.

"It's really good to finally have broken our eighth place position," admitted Freeman. "Getting into the play-off match for fifth is a reward for all our hard work.

"We are definitely in with a chance against the Dutch as we only lost to them by one point so we will look to push them all the way.

"The results from the tournament have shown we can play and beat the best teams in the world and if we can keep working we can build on this for London 2012."

The men showed a slight hangover from Wednesday's shock quarter-final loss to France, although they led 31-27 at the break to the defending champions, who are currently rebuilding for 2012.

Canada upped their gear and Dave Durepos and Richard Peter led them to outscore GB 16-0 and lead 45-33 with less than two minutes left in the third quarter.

But that sparked GB into life with Dan Highcock, Terry Bywater and Jon Pollock leading the revival and they ran out comfortable winners to set up a meeting with Poland.



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