Simon Munn leads the way, but British wheelchair basketball men lose opener

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MILTON Keynes wheelchair basketball legend Simon Munn led the scoring for Great Britain, but it wasn’t enough to prevent an agonising 77-72 overtime defeat to Germany in their opening Paralympics group game.

Starting his sixth Paralympics, the 44-year-old team captain topped scored with 21 points, but after a brave fightback from 18 points down at one stage, the British men were eventually beaten by a strong Germany side in front of more than 5,000 fans at the North Greenwich Arena.

Great Britain trailed 34-16 midway through the second quarter, but came storming back and took the lead after half-time. But the hosts could never open much breathing space and it became a frantic contest as the clock ticked down, with Terry Bywater unable to sink a last-gasp shot to win it at the buzzer, before Germany dominated the extra period.

Munn also led the way in terms of rebounds, taking 14 in a bruising encounter to keep his side in contention. And he will need to be at his best again in Britain’s remaining four Group B games if they are to qualify for the knockout stages.