This past weekend in Chile, Dach de Santiago won the first stage of the wheelchair basketball competition of the Nacionales Paralímpicos 2014 after defeating Silberhawks de Coquimbo 38 – 32 in the final. Three players from Chile’s men’s national team played for their local side in the final including Cristian Espinoza, Cristian Fritz and Rodrigo Osorio.
The third place match was played between Dominicos de Santiago and Silberhawks de Coquimbo, with Dominicos crushing the Silberhawks 83 – 10.
The competition started on Saturday, with Dach taking on Coquimbo in the first game, while Alpos played Dominicos de Santiago in the second match. The competition had a break for lunch, and then resumed with Dach playing against Dominicos, and Alpos taking on Coquimbo. On Sunday morning, Dach played Alpos, while against Coquimbo met Dominicos. Following a break for lunch, the third and fourth place match was played and the competition then concluded with the first and second place match.
These four teams are scheduled to meet again, on August 30 and August 31 in Curicó, for the second part of a four part championship series. It is part of an overall Chilean national championship program that includes table tennis, boccia, and wheelchair tennis.