Momentum is with us now says Peter Finbow as GB reach wheelchair basketball quarter-finals

Bradford's Peter Finbow says confidence is building within the GB squad ahead of a tough quarter-final

Bradford's Peter Finbow says confidence is building within the GB squad ahead of a tough quarter-final

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Bradford's Peter Finbow believes Great Britain have their found their rhythm when it matters most after a third straight Paralympic wheelchair basketball victory.

After a narrow defeat to Germany and heavy loss to Canada, Finbow admitted he and his team-mates needed to show their character.

And a 71-55 win over Japan in their final group game today is a third straight victory and books a quarter-final on Wednesday against either Spain, Turkey or the USA.

"We were exceptional but we needed that to go into the quarter-finals feeling confident," said Finbow.

"We've proved what we can do in the last three games. We've got the momentum now and things are starting to fall for us.

"We never panicked after losing those games. We addressed it, rectified the problems and we're firing on all cylinders right now.

"Momentum brings confidence and confidence brings good play.

"There are eight teams in this tournament that will consider themselves medallists, which makes the quarter-final a very interesting challenge for us.

"No-one will want to play us the way we're playing right now, with confidence on our side and this crowd behind us.

"We've put ourselves in contention and we've got to continue doing the job now."

Coach Murray Treseder was delighted with the dominant display against Japan, even if worried about a lapse in concentration late in the match when the victory was already assured.

Britain have won bronze at the last two Games and Treseder remains confident of an upgrade - although he concedes it will be tough.

"I thought we were good for three-quarters of the match but then we slowed down a little bit and I wasn't happy,” he said.

"If we play like that against the standards of team we'll now play that will cost us the match.

"However, the last three games have been of an extraordinary high standard and it's setting us up for a really brutal quarter-final - whoever we play.

"The last three games have been very good, although with due respect to those three teams whoever we play next will be a step up in competition.

"After that second loss we asked for a response and what we've been given by the team has been wonderful.

"It sets us up nicely but we're under no illusions how tough it's going to be."

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