By James Crook

151012191June 28 - Great Britain avenged their defeat at London 2012 to beat host nation Germany at the wheelchair basketball European Championships in Frankfurt with a huge 74 -51 win in their opening game.

Britain were defeated 77-72 by Germany in overtime at London 2012, but this time was not even a close contest as Britain took a 25-12 lead in the first quarter and never really looked under serious threat from their opponents.

The second quarter was much of the same as the visiting team asserted their dominance, taking a lead of 43-28 into the half-time break.

German coach Nicolai Zeltinger clearly had some impact with his words during the break as his side came out fighting, but Britain's Gaz Choudhry, Ian Sagar and Simon Munn were simply unplayable on the occasion, and Britain once again extended their advantage to twenty points moving into the last quarter.

Britain had little to worry about in the final third, so much so that coach Haj Bhania rotated the squad to ensure valuable game time for the whole team, and they coasted through to win by 74-51.

Gaz Choudhry was the top scorer for Britain, netting 19 points, and he was understandably happy with the crushing win.

"We played really well today, we had some targets before the game that we wanted to hit, and we hit most of them which showed in the result," he said.

"But it's the first game in the tournament for us, so we are hoping to build on this win and get better as the tournament goes on."

Top scorer Gaz Choudhry battles against Germany 21Top scorer Gaz Choudhry netted 19 points in Great Britain's convincing win over Germany in Frankfurt

Bhania said: "We are really pleased with the performance.

"The guys were really fired up and ready to go coming into the game.

"The things that we have been working on are the little things that we need to make better and we've started to see them take effect in games now.

"They played as a real team, they fought for each other and they really wanted it and I think that was the difference tonight."

Captain Abdi Jama added: "It was a perfect start for us.

"This is what we've been working towards for a long time, we wanted to get our own back on them and beat them on their home court.

"It couldn't have gone any better, although there were a couple of times in the third quarter we messed up a little bit.

"We can now step up from here and prove our point."

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