IWBF

28th August - 6th September

Worcester, England

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Game 57: Great Britain's men seize semi-final place and Rio 2016 qualification

In the early parts of the game it was Italy who first found form, utilising height mismatches given up by the Great Britain defense after breakaway attacks following tenacious defensive efforts at their own basket. Consequently, the scoreboard showed a narrow 16-15 lead for the Italian team at the end of the first quarter.

But after multiple scores from forward Terence Bywater, Great Britain regained momentum and the lead for the first time with a three point jump shot from Bywater with four minutes to go until half time. From that point on, Great Britain allowed just two points from Italy and added eight more of their own, making it 36-27 at the break.

The Italian team could not have been happy with the second quarter tournaround, with center Matteo Cavagnini giving a stirring speech to his team after returning to the court. But when play resumed, Great Britain refused to give up the momentum they had gained through the second quarter and kept hold of it even when the the double-double scoring Bywater was substituted. Continuing to expose the spaces in the Italian team’s defense, Great Britain grew their lead to a score of 63-38 by the end of the third quarter.

With the 25 point lead established starting the fourth quarter, Great Britain coach Haj Bhania took the opportunity to rest the team’s starting players in advance of a semi-final match to come against Germany. Seeing out the rest of the game, Great Britain’s replacements secured both the semi final place and a place at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

 

Top scorers

 

Great Britain:

 

  1. Terence Bywater (24); 2. Ian Sagar (12); 3. Ghazain Choudhry (13)

 

Italy:

 

  1. Stefano Rossetti (16); 2. Fabio Bernardis (10); 3. Matteo Cavagnini (7)

 

MVP: Terence Bywater (Great Britain)