GB enjoyed their best day at the Paralympic Games to date, as both the Women (2-1) and Men (3-0) recorded impressive victories in Rio.
After earning their first victory on Friday, GB’s Women ignited their competition with a stunning victory over London 2012 Gold Medallists, Germany. Trailing by just three points (14-17) after the first quarter, GB continued to match Germany shot-for-shot to level up the scores at 24-24 as the half-time buzzer sounded. The third stanza saw GB blow the game wide open, on the back of a stunning 12-4 run that pushed Germany’s field gold percentage down to only 30%. There was no repeat of the nervous fourth quarter display that saw GB lose touch with Canada in their opening fixture, instead GB held their composure to hold off Germany and take a 50-45 victory. All 12 players saw the court, with Amy Conroy and Helen Freeman top scoring on 14 points – Laurie Williams also added 10 points.
The Men were made to work for their third victory, against hosts Brazil. A tight first 10 minutes (15-12) became slightly more comfortable as GB established a 35-27 lead at the half time break. Brazil continued to battle hard after the resumption but, just as in the previous two quarters, it was GB who managed to keep their noses in front to take the third stanza (18-16) to extend their advantage by two points. With characteristic meticulous execution, GB closed out the game (20-12) in style to take a well earned 73-55 win. Gaz Choudhry top scored with 18 points, Ian Sagar (14) and Gregg Warburton (12) all contributed double-digit scorers.
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