More wins for the Aussies on Day 2 of the World Challenge
The Australian Rollers and Gliders both had good wins on day two of the World Challenge.
The Rollers have continued their fine, facing two games in one day on Thursday, the Aussies sealing both wins against Japan and Great Britain. Meanwhile the Gliders clinched victory in a hard fought win over Germany as preparations continue for the Australian teams ahead of the London Paralympic Games.
The Rollers had a fight on their hands early against top-ranked team in Asian, Japan, leading their rival by only three points at the first break. In front 15-12 at the start of the second term, the Rollers continued to work, and built a handy nine point lead at the half, extending this by a further six points by three-quarter time to make things tough for Japan heading into the final term.
The Japanese managed to make up a little bit of ground in the fourth, but the Rollers were too strong, and sealed the win by 14 points, and making plans for their showdown with Great Britain later in the day.
Hiroaki Kozai had 16 points and eight assists for the Japanese side. [BOX SCORE]
After a dominant first half, which saw them head out to an early 20-7 quarter time lead before heading into the change-rooms in front by 12, things dried up for the Australian Gliders in the third quarter of their clash with the Germans, being out-scored by the visitors 14-7 to head into the final term with their noses in front by only five points.
But the Beijing bronze medallists steadied in the last to secure the eight-point win. For the Gliders, Amber Merritt continued her impressive tournament top-scoring with 21 points.
Gesche Schuenemann was best for the Germans finishing with 13 points. Clare Nott finished with nine points and six assists, while Shelley Chaplin added eight points while reeling in 10 boards. [BOX SCORE]
In their second clash of the day, the Rollers started sluggish, as the Brits took it right up to the world number one ranked team, leading by six and the quarter time and half time breaks.
The Rollers lifted a notch after the break, putting the clamps on Great Britain and holding them to just eight points in the third period and then six points in the final quarter to breeze past their opponent and secure the two wins for day two of competition, winning this clash 65-51.Justin Eveson and Brad Ness both finished with 20 points each, Ness also reeling in 11 rebounds for the clash.
Ian Sagar finished with 11 points and seven rebounds for Great Britain. [BOX SCORE]