GB women's wheelchair basketball team reach European semis

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GB women down Dutch for semi spot

The Great Britain women's wheelchair basketball team secured a place in the European Championship semi-finals with a 45-36 win over the Netherlands.

The win was GB's first over the Dutch in a competitive match in seven years.

They got off to a positive start and led 15-8 at the end of the first quarter in Israel.

Ddespite a strong response from their opponents in the second and third quarters, GB ran out comfortable winners.

Helen Freeman top-scored with 17 while Clare Strange hit 12.

The GB men will face the Netherlands in Thursday's quarter-finals after thrashing Switzerland 76-43.

Ian Sagar scored 17 points with 6 rebounds, while Gaz Choudhry weighed in with 12 points and 8 rebounds.

Head coach Murray Treseder said: "We are now just looking forward to the serious part of the tournament.

"We won but did not play very well. It wasn't a good performance all round."

He added: "We deliberately rested a number of players to ensure they are fresh for the quarter-finals but those who did play could have played much better."

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