Great Britain win Men’s U23 World Championship

Great Britain’s U23 Men ended a stunning week in Toronto, Canada with a dominant display in the Final to claim World Wheelchair Basketball Championship glory.

The side set their stall out early, opening the tournament in emphatic fashion, thumping United States (87-50). Japan, however, brought the team back down to earth with a bang in just their second outing, inflecting Great Britain’s only defeat (59-61) of the competition. This proved a turning point for Great Britain: the side breezed past Germany (60-49), South Africa (119-23) and France (60-41) to top Pool B and advance to the Quarter Finals.

Undaunted by the pressure of knockout basketball, Great Britain made light work of Iran (77-50) and Japan (76-34) to book a place in the tournament’s Finale alongside Turkey.

World Wheelchair Basketball Championship gold on the line, Turkey were quickest out of the blocks. Behind after the first quarter, Great Britain showed incredible resolve and composure to methodically chip away at the Turkish lead. Great Britain took the lead before the half and never looked back, winning the final 3 quarters to claim an incredible 54-43 victory and take home the title. Ben Fox (23) and Jack Perry (20) led Great Britain in points, while Gregg Warburton (12) and Billy Bridge (7) combined for 19 assists.

Competition Standings: Great Britain’s Results

Pool B Standings
1 – Great Britain (4-1)
2 – Germany (4-1)
3 – Japan (4-1)
4 – France (2-3)
5 – United States (1-4)
6 – South Africa (0-5)

Quarter Final

Great Britain 77-50 Iran

Semi-Final

Great Britain 76-34 Japan

Final

Great Britain 54-43 Turkey

Image: British Wheelchair Basketball