This weekend, Spanish wheelchair basketball team CD Ilunion won their sixth straight and fifteenth overall Copa del Rey after defeating AMIAB Albacete 61-46. The depth of competition for both sides was clearly on display in a game that featured 22 past and present internationals, including players from Spain, Great Britain, Australia, Mexico and Colombia.
Ilunion lead at the end of the first quarter 13 – 11. Going into the second quarter, Ilunion went on an 8 – 0 run. British international and center Terry Bywater stepped up for Ilunion in the second quarter, scoring 14 of 17 the points in the second quarter. It ended 31 – 17.
The third quarter saw Ilunion’s big men really step up with Alejandro and Pablo Zarzuela, Bill Latham and Rodney Hawkins dominating on scoring and defense, successfully shutting down AMIAB Albacete’s best players, Kyle Marsh and Roberto Mena. Albacete had problems with their transition game, which Ilunion was able to capitalize on. The third quarter ended 47-30.
While Albacete improved their play in the fourth quarter, they let Albacete take too much of a lead in the second and third quarters. They were not able to claw their way back. Rodney Hawkins, who plays internationally for Colombia, came away as the man of the match with 16 points and 17 rebounds.