Britain make winning start

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The Independent Online
Britain's opening bid for medals at the Paralympic Games in Atlanta began yesterday with the men's wheelchair basketball team completing a comfortable 96-36 victory over Argentina.

An aggressive, physical Argentinian side were frustrated by the superior technical skills of a Britain line-up bristling with confidence after a successful acclimatisation period in Florida.

Two of the most accurate scorers in the sport worldwide, Joe Jayaratne and Steve Caine, showed they will spearhead a British side capable of testing the favourites United States.

Jayaratne led the scoring with 20 points while Caine weighed in with 15 points - both men showing deft touches and deadly finishing.

The team are also benefiting from the help of sports psychologist Liz Campbell, who has been with the team for just over two years