Paralympics 2012: GB reach wheelchair basketball last four

Ian Sagar

The Great Britain men's wheelchair basketball team reached the Paralympic semi-finals after a thrilling 75-70 victory over Turkey.

The GB team, bronze medallists in Beijing, led 71-62 with two minutes to go but Turkey scored eight points in a row to cut the lead to a single point with 20 seconds left.

But Terry Bywater hit four late free throws to edge the Bulldogs to victory.

They will face Beijing runners-up Canada in Thursday's semi-final.

Coach Murray Treseder hailed Bywater's composure in the latter stages as he top-scored on 23 points, with Ian Sagar on 18.

"They tried coming back with the fouls but Terry is a true professional and that's why he is the leading all-time free throw percentage shooter in the Paralympics Games," said the Australian.

"The ball's in good hands with him at that stage.

"I was very, very pleased, it's a hell of a win. We are certainly getting better and better as this tournament goes on."

Defending champions Australia will meet the US in the other semi-final.

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