European Wheelchair Basketball: Great Britain men reach final

Ian Sagar

Great Britain men's wheelchair basketball team beat Spain 72-69 to reach the European Championship final.

They will meet Turkey in Frankfurt on Sunday, after the Turks beat Sweden 79-45 in the other semi-final.

Simon Munn, who top-scored for the defending champions with 21 points, said: "I'm not going to be happy unless I go home with gold."

Meanwhile, Great Britain's women won bronze after beating France 60-39 in their third-place play-off.

The British men's team, who won gold in Israel two years ago, had been trailing 69-67 with just one minute and 18 seconds to go.

But an Abdi Jama lay-up and three late free-throws from Ian Sagar gave them a three-point advantage.

Spain had a chance to take the game into overtime but Pablo Zarzuela missed with his three-point effort.

Head coach Haj Bhania said: "I'm just really pleased to be in the final. Spain gave us a game. We knew they were going to be tough opponents.

"We were in control of the game in the first half but silly mistakes cost us a little.

"The guys just played with guts and for each other and we said at the beginning that team-work will do it."

Amy Conroy was the star for GB women, scoring 27 points, with Judith Hamer next with seven.

Women's head coach Joe Jayaratne said: "All the players we put on court stepped up and we got the job done. We are very happy as a team to have won bronze.

"Our number one aim was to make sure this team qualified for the World Championships - once that had been achieved we'd have been disappointed not to get bronze."

The Netherlands won gold after beating Germany 57-56.