IWBF

28th August - 6th September

Worcester, England

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Game 40: Great Britain's men secure victory

 

In the final game of day five, Great Britain took on Spain in a middle of the table clash that would end in a much needed victory for the home team with a 70-58 win over the Spanish side.

It was clear from the start that these teams were evenly matched but the Spanish side needed to get to find a way of stopping GB's Terry Bywater who poured in the baskets from the outside. He led the home team to a small lead going into the second quarter 18-11 and Spain would have to try and respond as they had done before in the tournament against Poland.

While Bywater's hand remained hot in the second quarter, the rest of the the squad responded, stepping up the pace to put even more pressure on Spain. Great Britain's lead had extended to 13 points before Spain had their top scorer, and second best scorer of the entire games, Alejandro Zarzuela get into early foul trouble subsequently being taken off the court by his Coach, Josè Manuel Artacho. This led to some frustration for the Spanish side resulting in Manuel Artacho being issued a Technical Foul. The half ended 36-23 with tensions high between the teams.

Spain came out strong, lowering the gap to as little as five points with three minutes remaining in the third quarter. However, with the GB team feeding off of each other, more of them got involved in the scoring including a buzzer beater to end the quarter with a more comfortable lead of 54-42.

In the final quarter, Spain kept their fighting spirit, keeping all three of their players with four fouls on the court, looking for a late comeback. Eventually one of their three point shooters, Asier García was fouled out and despite their best efforts to close the gap, Spain were not able to keep up with the success of Great Britain on the offensive, who seemed to have found their form with the game ending 70-58 to the host side.

 

Top Scorers:

Great Britain:

1. T. Bywater (27) 2. A. Jama (14) 3. P. Pratt (11)

Spain:

1. A. García Pereiro (17) 2. J. Ruiz Jordan (13) 3. C. Vera Antequera (12)

 

MVP: T. Bywater (GBR)