European Wheelchair Basketball: Great Britain win dramatic final

GB win thrilling European final

Great Britain men's wheelchair basketball team beat Turkey 59-57 in a thrilling final to win their second successive European Championship title.

The lead changed hands 12 times during the match in Frankfurt, with Turkey leading by 10 points at one stage.

But the Turks missed five from six free throws in the final seconds as Haj Bhania's team held on for victory.

"It's fantastic to win gold," said coach Bhania. "I thought it was a great final with the two best teams here."

Turkey were looking to go one better than the silver medal they won in 2009, and Bhania added: "They gave us a big battle, they played brilliantly. We had to do something special to win."

Ian Sagar, the top scorer for GB in the final with 17 points, said: "It's fantastic. We came out here to win and we've done it.

"We knew the Turkish were going to be tough and what a final to play in. This is why I play basketball, not for the celebration after but to play in those games.

"I didn't even know I was top scorer, you get caught up in the moment and you just play the game as it comes, but it's a nice little bonus."

It was a tight and engrossing contest throughout, with the teams locked together at 26-26 at half-time.

Neither team could build more than a two-point lead throughout the third quarter but GB established a five-point cushion early in the fourth.

Turkey battled back with an 8-0 run of their own but GB regained the lead and held on as their opponents missed their free-throw opportunities.