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Spanish wheelchair basketball team CD Ilunion wins sixth straight Copa del Rey

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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.



Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 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. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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