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Great Britain, Spain, the United States and Australia lead groups following two days of competition at men’s IWBF Wheelchair Basketball World Championships

With two days of competition having concluded at the  men’s IWBF Wheelchair Basketball World Championships in Incheon, South Korea, Great Britain, Spain, the United States and Australia lead their respective groups with two wins each.  Meanwhile, Mexico, Iran, Algeria and Germany are winless.

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In games completed earlier today, Sweden beat Italy 59 – 47, Argentina defeated Mexico 60 – 45, the United States crushed Algeria 68 – 37, Great Britain dominated South Korea 77 – 47, Australia beat Germany 62 – 38, the Netherlands held on for a six point lead to beat Iran 48 – 4, Turkey defeated Colombia 63 – 56, and Spain managed a nine point victory of Japan to finish the game at 61 – 52.

 

With two wins under their belt, 4.5 point player Brian Bell leads Team USA in scoring with 25 points.  The Birmingham, Alabama native  is relatively new to the team, and was not part of the USA team that competed in London.  While playing for many years in the USA, he contracted to play with  Cantú in the Pro Italian League in 2013.   Michael Paye, also a relative newcomer to the team, is the second highest scoring USA competitor at this point, with 21 points.   He’s closely followed by Joshua Turek with 20 total points to date.

With two games completed for each team in Australia’s Group D,  Sweden’s 2.5 point player Joakim Lindèn leads the group in scoring with 36 total points.  Lindèn was on the Swedish team that competed at the 2008 Summer Paralympics, and was a member of the team that finished fourth at last year’s European Championships.

 

Scoring leaders after two games in Group D:

Team First Last Player classification Game 1 Game 2 Total
Sweden Joakim Lindèn 2.5 22 14 36
Italy Stefano Rossetti 4 22 11 33
Australia Brad Ness 4.5 18 10 28
Australia Shaun Norris 3 12 16 28
Sweden Joachim Gustavsson 3.5 13 14 27
Germany Thomas Boehme 3 15 8 23
Australia Justin Eveson 4.5 17 6 23
Sweden Christian Seidel 2.5 10 13 23
Italy Matteo Cavagnini 4.5 15 7 22
Sweden Joakim Blomqvist 2 9 12 21
Australia Bill Latham 4 12 8 20
Germany Dirk Passiwan 4.5 12 6 18
Australia Tristan Knowles 4 10 6 16
Germany Andre Bienek 3 7 8 15
Germany Kai Moeller 3 5 10 15
Sweden Joakim Lindblom 3 8 6 14
Italy Galliano Marchionni 4.5 4 9 13
Australia Nick Taylor 2 0 12 12
Italy Ahmed Raourahi 1.5 4 7 11
Italy Fabio Bernardis 2.5 4 5 9
Italy Fabio Raimondi 2 0 8 8
Germany Jan Haller 2 2 2 4
Australia Tom O’Neill-Thorne 3 2 2 4
Italy Francesco Santorelli 1.5 4 0 4
Germany Jens-Eike Albrecht 2.5 1 2 3
Germany Thomas Becker 4.5 0 2 2
Italy Nicola Damiano 1 2 0 2
Australia Adam Deans 4 0 2 2
Germany Bjoern Lohmann 1 2 0 2

Tomorrow’s scheduled games will see the the USA take on Colombia and Turkey take on Algeria in Group C. In Group D, Australia will take on Italy while Germany plays Sweden. In Group B, the Netherlands is scheduled to play Spain, while Iran is scheduled to play Japan. In Group A action, Great Britain plays Mexico, and South Korea plays Argentina.

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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