IWBF

28th August - 6th September

Worcester, England

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Game 19: Great Britain Men's Team bounce back with win over France

It was a full house and electric atmosphere on Court 2 at the University of Worcester Arena as the GB Men bounced back from the previous evening's loss against Poland to overcome a gritty performance by France, closing out an 80-46 win.

Looking to avenge the previous day's loss, Great Britain roared to a 7-0 lead within two minutes on the third day of the European Wheelchair Basketball Championship; the GB Men then flew ahead by 10-0 - France calling time out. The French Team then hit back with their first two scores before Great Britain pushed ahead once more - halting a comeback by their opponents -  to end the first 10 minutes ahead by 22-10.

Both teams more than doubled their score in the second quarter; Great Britain building to a 46-21 lead with 20 minutes left on the clock.

The start of the third quarter saw the teams trade baskets before the GB Men found another level of play to earn nine consecutive points (64-27). France continued to battle hard, but Great Britain entered the final quarter with a 37 point advantage: 69-32.

A strong final quarter from the France saw the French Team outshoot their opponents by 14-11; Great Britain nevertheless earning an 80-46 victory.

GB Men's Head Coach Haj Bhania said: “It was a good bounce back from yesterday: we were a little bit disappointed with our performance yesterday, but credit to Poland.

"And today we came out with a bit of menace, really, with a bit of intent. We played the right units, the right way and gave everyone a chance to play and everyone performed. So really pleased with the team and the way they’ve come out and shown what they’re made of.” 

 

Top Scorer

Great Britain:

1. A. Jama (15); 2. G. Choudhry (12); 3. T. Bywater (12)

France:

1. N. Jouanserre (11); 2. H. Belaid (9); 3. J. Luce (6)

 

MVP, presented by Walsh Construction: Lee Manning (Great Britain)