Earlier today in South Korea, Australia came from behind to beat Turkey and the United States kept it close in their victory of Spain. The wins qualified both teams for the final of the men’s IWBF World Championship.
In their 63 – 58 victory, Shaun Norris led the Australian team in scoring with 21 points, followed closely behind by Justin Eveson with 21. The Australians came from behind by about 20 to win the game. Following the game, Australia’s head coach told event media in an interview that he was happy with the result, especially considering the low team morale at half time, when the team was down 42-22.
Michael Paye led Team USA in scoring with 14 points, while teammates Brian Bell and Steven Serio had 10 points each. The United States team had plenty of support in the game, with their fans loudly chanting “Take a shot” during every offensive opportunity the team had. Spain and the United States traded the lead several times. On two occasions, the United States was able to get an 8 point or better lead, only for the Spaniards led by Alejandro Zarzuela to battle back to keep the game close. While Spain had more shots with 62 total, the United States was able to get the ball into the net 48% of the time compared to Spain’s 36%.
The final is scheduled for Monday at 1:30 PM local time in Seoul. The third and fourth place final between Spain and Turkey is scheduled for Monday morning at 11:00 AM local time.