19 August 2018
Great Britain's men bounce back at World Championships
Great Britain’s men bounced back from defeat last time out to overcome Poland in their final pool game at the Wheelchair Basketball World Championships in Hamburg.
Having lost out to Rio 2016 Paralympic champions United States in their second game of the tournament, Britain started slowly before growing in confidence in the first quarter.
Lee Manning and Gregg Warburton were both clinical as Great Britain opened up a 18-10 lead, before extending their advantage to 26 points at the halfway stage.
Despite Poland showing some resistance in the third quarter, Britain’s men remained resilient and maintained a 25-point lead going into the final quarter.
A final flourish ensured they finished comfortable winners, with Warburton top scoring with 28 points as Britain prevailed 78-46 by the conclusion of the fourth quarter.
Manning contributed 12 points and was closely followed by Abdillah Jama (10) and James MacSorley (8) to give Britain confidence going into their crossover clash against Germany.
Amy Conroy in action
All teams move forward to the crossover matches, with the pool stages determining the placings, and the winners will progress to the quarter-final stages.
Elsewhere, the women’s side continued their formidable winning streak with an impressive 63-38 victory against Australia to maintain their place at the top of the standings.
Britain got off to a sluggish start as they fell 6-0 behind in the opening stages, before Helen Freeman, Amy Conroy and Laurie Williams edged their side into a 19-14 first quarter lead.
They showed their class in the second quarter as they opened up a 16-point advantage, before piling on the pressure to go into the final quarter with a 50-30 lead.
There was no let-up for Australia in the closing stages as Freeman and Conroy continued to add points along with Sophie Carrigill and Judith Hamer.
Conroy finished with 21 points and Freeman 13 as Britain made it four wins from four with just two games remaining in the round-robin action.
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