GB men's wheelchair basketball team into European final

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GB men reach Basketball final

The Great Britain men reached the European Wheelchair Basketball Championship final in Israel with a 65-55 victory over Poland.

Led by Terry Bywater (25 points) and Simon Munn (22 points) GB were in control throughout.

They will face Germany in the final after they beat Spain 77-70.

There was disappointment for the GB women who were defeated 58-38 by the Netherlands in their semi-final and will now play France for bronze.

Helen Turner top scored on 16 with Helen Freeman hitting 14 but they will need to improve their shooting against the French to secure a third consecutive European bronze medal.

The GB men will be hoping for a first European title since 1995 after losing in the final in 2005 and 2007.

Once they took the lead halfway through the first quarter against the Poles, they never looked back, leading 32-23 at the break before maintaining their form for victory.

Head coach, Murray Treseder said afterwards: "We stuck to our game plan and we were very good defensively.

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"We played to our strength and I was really pleased of our understanding of the game and how we played. Getting to a big final and being able to play in one before next year gives us excellent preparation for London 2012.

"It was a staggering performance considering we are missing Jon Pollock, and players such as Ade Orogbemi and Peter Finbow have stepped up to the plate and led the team. It was a great contribution from all the team.

"Now we will go to war against the Germans again."

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