European Wheelchair Basketball: GB women lose in semi-final

Helen Freeman

Great Britain women's wheelchair basketball team failed to reach the European Championship final as they were beaten 71-36 by hosts Germany.

Britain, who lost in the last eight to Paralympic champions Germany at London 2012, will now face France in the bronze medal match on Saturday.

Helen Freeman top-scored with 15 for GB but Mareike Adermann fired in 27 points for the six-time defending champions.

For the 12th consecutive time, Germany will meet the Netherlands in the final.

Meanwhile, Great Britain's men kept their hopes of defending their European Wheelchair Basketball title alive by overcoming Poland 89-56 to advance to the semi-finals.

Abdi Jama and Ian Sagar both hit 14 points with Gaz Choudhry, Terry Bywater and Joe Bestwick all registering double-figures.

GB won the title for the first time in 16 years when they defeated Germany in Nazareth, Israel, two years ago.

They will now face 2011 bronze medallists Spain on Saturday while Sweden take on Turkey in the other semi-final.

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