18 August 2018
Great Britain Women's Basketball team continue winning streak
Great Britain’s Women’s team made it three wins out of three at the Wheelchair Basketball World Championships with a stunning 47-38 success over Spain in Hamburg.
Britain trailed 12-8 at the end of the first quarter but reduced the deficit to 22-19 with a strong finish to the first half as they looked to back up victories over Brazil and Canada.
A stunning third quarter saw Great Britain regain the lead 34-32 and continued their dominance through to the final whistle to stretch their advantage to nine points.
Helen Freeman ended the Brits’ third pool match as their leading points scorer with 13 with Robyn Love chipping in with ten and Amy Conroy with eight.
Freeman also dominated off the board with eight rebounds and seven assists in an all-round performance which bodes well for the latter stages.
Great Britain sit top of Group A an 100 per cent record after three matches with the Netherlands the only other unbeaten side in the pool having played a game less.
Later, the men’s team suffered their first defeat of the World Championship as they slipped to a 66-59 loss against the United States of America.
Having beaten South Korea 77-58 in their opening game, Great Britain started well in their second Pool B clash as they led 22-18 at the end of the first quarter.
Their lead was just two points at the half-time interval before a powerful third quarter from the Rio 2016 Paralympic champions moved the United States 52-44 ahead.
Harry Brown led the way for Great Britain with 17 points and was ably supported by Lee Manning (15) but it wasn’t enough to prevent seven-point defeat at the final buzzer.
Manning also took 14 rebounds while Phil Pratt was responsible for nine assists.
Great Britain’s final group game is against Poland – the Poles also have one win and one loss after their opening two group stage matches.
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