Rollers claim Paralympic Games Silver Medal
The Australian Rollers have claimed the Silver Medal after a thrilling wheelchair basketball final, going down to Canada 64-58 at the 2012 London Paralympic Games this morning.
In a meeting of the two premier teams of the tournament, it took a late flurry from the Canadians to edge out the Beijing Gold Medallists by a final margin of six points.
Shaun Norris was the standout for the Rollers, finishing the game with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, while Justin Eveson had 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.
It was the Rollers out of the blocks early with Ness setting the tone early, scoring 6 points and laying off 2 assists as he went bucket for bucket with Canadian star Patrick Anderson.
This battle saw the Rollers hold a 15-14 lead at the first change and quickly extend to five points early in the second quarter before Anderson and his teammates went on a 7-0 run.
Needing key buckets to regain the momentum before half time, Ness and Shaun Norris came up big for their team to help restore a one-point advantage at the main break.
Canada came out strongest to start the third period courtesy of a 8-3 run that had the Rollers at sea defensively, extending the lead to six points late in the quarter.
Norris was almost single-handedly keeping the Rollers in the game, with some brilliant plays at both ends of the floor to give his side a chance heading into the final quarter of the tournament.
It didn’t take long for the Rollers to level the scores in the final quarter and look to have taken the bit between their teeth, only for the Canadian’s to again create separation and ultimately claim the win by six points.