Wheelchair Basketball World Championships: GB men and women reach finals


Helen Freeman was part of the Britain team that reached the Paralympic bronze medal match at Rio 2016

The Great Britain men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball teams have both reached the World Championship finals in Hamburg.

The women’s team reached a world final for the first time with a 60-37 victory over hosts Germany.

The GB team, whose previous best finish at the event was fifth in 2014, were the hungrier from the start against the Rio Paralympic silver medallists.

The men’s team also won their semi-final, beating Iran 86-63.

Freeman leads women to final

GB led Germany 35-14 at the break and kept their intensity in the second half, finishing comfortable winners.

Co-captain Helen Freeman, the team’s longest-serving player, top scored with 31 points, adding 12 rebounds and nine assists.

In Saturday’s final they will face China or the Netherlands, who beat GB to claim bronze at Rio 2016.

First final for men in 16 years

The GB men’s team defeated surprise package Iran to reach the final for the first time since 2002.

Gregg Warburton led the GB scoring on 22 points, with George Bates on 21.

GB will face Paralympic champions USA in Sunday’s final after they defeated Australia 84-59 earlier on Friday.

The sides met in the pool stage with the US winning 66-59.