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Australia men’s national wheelchair basketball team wins World Championship opener against Sweden

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Earlier today at the men’s 2014 Incheon World Wheelchair Basketball Championships,  the Australia men’s national wheelchair basketball team defeated Sweden 71 – 62.

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The teams were evenly matched on paper, with Australia outscoring Sweden in two of the four periods.   The first period ended with Australia behind 14 – 15.  Australia outscored Sweden 21 – 14 in the second period.  Sweden controlled the third period, outscoring Australia 19 – 17.  Australia won the fourth period with 19 points to Sweden’s 14.

4.5 point player Brad Hess led the Australian side in scoring with 18 total points.  Justin Eveson was second in scoring with 17 total points.   Other players scoring for Australia Bill Latham and Shaun Norris with 12 points each, Tristan Knowles who scored 10 total points with 6 coming from 3 point shots, and 3 point player Tom O’Neill-Thorne who scored 2.

2.5 point player  Joakim Linden led the Swedish team in scoring with 22 points in 40 full minutes on the court.  3.5 point player Joachim Gustavvson was the team’s next leading scorer with 13 points.  Other players scoring for Sweden include 2.5 point player Christian Seidel with 10 points, 2 point player Joakim Blomqvist with 9, and 3 point player Joakim Lindblom with 8. None of Sweden’s players coming off the bench scored.

Australian fans trying to catch the game on live stream reported problems connecting, delays in coverage and that audio was only available in English.

Australia’s next scheduled game is against Germany tomorrow at 3:30pm AEST.

In other games played today, Colombia defeated Algeria 70 – 38. Great Britain beat Argentina 60 – 51.  The United States defeated Turkey 74 – 57.  Italy won their game against Germany 55 – 44.   Spain defeated Iran 66  – 45. Japan beat the Netherlands 62 – 51, and South Korea won their game against Mexico 72 – 61,

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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