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Tees ace inspires Brits to strike bronze; Disabled sport.

Byline: ADAM STEEL

TEESSIDE'S Terry Bywater starred as Great Britain settled for basketball bronze at the BT Paralympic World Cup by seeing off Brazil 63-43 in Manchester.

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Britain were comfortable winners after overcoming an early deficit as they came close to repeating Tuesday's blow-out against the South Americans.

Redcar Paralympian Bywater scored 17 points and Dan Highcock added 15 to ensure Britain, who began the week as defending champions, did not go away empty-handed last night.

"It was another British bulldog performance," said Bywater. "We knew we had to come away with a medal, and it was another great display.

"We take this tournament very seriously because we get limited opportunities to play basketball in England.

"Personally, it's disappointing we didn't get to the final, highly disappointing, but this is a good way to bounce back."

Bywater had earlier admitted that "awful" finishing cost Britain dear as they failed to defend their title, with a 56-53 defeat to Canada ending their hopes.

Bywater had finished as Britain's joint top scorer against the Canadians - who went on to claim the gold medal by beating France 56-46 - with 12 points.

"I think our floor game was good, but we just shot the ball poorly, myself included, it was awful.

"If you've got seven, eight, nine of you shooting poorly you're going to struggle."

Brazil, who lost 76-43 to Britain on Tuesday, started in hot-shooting form as they raced into a 10-4 lead.

But the hosts found their groove and pulled away the more the match wore on, with Bywater's scoring prowess and set-up play again instrumental in their success.

Coach Murray Treseder revealed after the game that key man Jonathan Pollock - who did not play this week - will require shoulder surgery, ruling him out of the European Championships later this year and putting a different complexion on this week's results.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 27, 2011
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