Paralympic World Cup: Mixed basketball fortunes for GB

BT PARALYMPIC WORLD CUP

Venue:
Manchester
Date:
Monday 23 May - Saturday 28 May
Coverage:
Reports on BBC Sport website; television coverage on Channel 4
Great Britain's Helen Freeman and Canada's Jamey Jewells during the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester on Monday
Great Britain's Helen Freeman (right) and Canada's Jamey Jewells in action

Great Britain's wheelchair basketball teams experienced differing fortunes on the opening day of the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester on Monday.

The women secured a 47-43 success over a Canada side three places above them in the world rankings.

Helen Freeman was the star, leading the scoring with 29 points as the hosts edged to victory in the final quarter.

But the men lost 68-53 to France, who also beat them in the quarter-finals of last year's World Championships.

Terry Bywater and Simon Munn contributed 14 and 10 points respectively and although Britain trailed by only three points entering the last quarter, they could not fight back to secure victory.

"The team underperformed today," said Munn. "We are always building, however it is very disappointing that we did not bring the result home that we should have.

"This is the second time the French team has beaten us and that should not have happened, so hopefully tomorrow will be a better day for the team."

On Tuesday they face Brazil, who were beaten 55-48 by Canada.

Monday's other game saw Germany beat Japan 62-46 in the women's competition.