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Spanish men win European u22 wheelchair basketball championships opener against Poland

Last night in Zaragoza, Spain, the home side defeated Poland 53 – 42 in the IWBF men’s u22 European championship on the opening night of competition.

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Ruben Viso Villegas led the Spanish team in scoring with 25 points.  Daniel Stix Soto,  Angel Silvela Garcia and Walter De Horta Correia all scored 8 points for Spain.  Karol Szulc led Poland in scoring with 21 points for Poland, while teammate Bartosz Przewocki scored 11.

 

The Spanish side continues through the competition as underdogs.  At the XXIX Tournament City of Zaragoza held right before the start of this competition, Spain’s u22 team finished last in a field of six teams which included five competing at this tournament. They were crushed 67 – 20 by Great Britain, lost to Italy 41 – 51, and lost a close won in the 5th / 6th place final against CAI Zaragoza by a score of 45 – 44.

 

Competition continues at the men’s u22 European championship today with Israel taking on Great Britain in the first game of the day.  Poland then takes on Italy in a game scheduled to start at 14:30 local time.  Spain is back in action at 16:45 when they meet Germany.  The France versus Turkey closes out play for the first full day of competition.  Their game starts at 19:00.

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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