GB men into basketball quarter-finals

03 September 2012 / 18:37

Great Britain made certain of their place in the quarter-finals of the men's wheelchair basketball competition as they romped to a convincing 71-55 victory over Japan.

Britain had a path to the last eight even if they had lost this final group game, but they did not need it as they seized control early on.

"It was just another true British bulldog performance," said Terry Bywater, who led Britain with 19 points. "The way we pushed the floor, the way we passed the ball, the way we worked for one another...the basketball out there today was phenomenal."

An 8-0 charge gave them a 13-6 lead on Abdi Jama's basket, and with Bywater finding his touch early they charged into a 25-14 lead by the end of the first quarter.

Simon Munn was also in the points early, and his shot made it 31-16 early in the second period.

Three-points from Dan Highcock and Jon Pollock pushed it to 43-22 before half-time, and they led by 28 late in the third quarter when a fantastic off-balance shot from Bywater swished through the hoop as the Middlesbrough man was picking himself up off the floor.

That capped a 12-4 British spurt that had them 60-32 up.

Japan steadily chipped away and got back to within 66-53 on Reo Fujimoto's shot going into the final two minutes, but Britain's lead was never under threat.

Helen Freeman led Great Britain's women with 18 points as they went down to a 67-50 defeat to Canada.

Canada were responsible for handing Britain their quarter-final place on Sunday, with their victory over Brazil enough to send the hosts through on their day off but there were no gifts on offer on Monday.