The Australian Gliders have quickly put the disappointment of their last loss behind them, easily taking care of Algeria 90-25 in their classification game of the 2018 International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) Wheelchair Basketball World Championships.
Scoring the first eight points of the game and starting with a 17-1 run, the Gliders set the tone from the opening tip, with Cobi Crispin (18 points, three assists, three steals) and Amber Merritt (12 points, five rebounds) making light work of the Algerian defence.
Crispin’s defence was also exemplary, and made it difficult for Algeria to even make it across half-court.
The young duo of Georgia Munro-Cook (28 points, nine rebounds, four assists) and Annabelle Lindsay (20 points) then came off the bench and maintained the pressure, pushing Australia’s lead out to 26 at quarter-time.
Algeria were able to respond in the second term, beating the Gliders down the court for some easy points in transition, but Australia continued to hit the scoreboard at the other end of the floor.
The Gliders then finished the half on a 12-2 run, with Shelley Chaplin (four points, five assists) able to get in on the act, and a 14-2 run to begin the third period officially put the contest to rest.
Australia was able to tally 39 points off 32 turnovers, while committing only six errors themselves, and with Shelley Cronau (three points, 13 assists, three steals) leading the way, they also recorded 28 assists on 43 field goals.
The Gliders will now prepare to face Brazil in their final game of the tournament tomorrow (25 August), in the battle for ninth place.
|Draw – 2018 IWBF Wheelchair Basketball World Championships|
|18 August||Gliders 61 def Brazil 44|
|19 August||Gliders 32 def by Netherlands 65|
|20 August||Gliders 74 def by Canada 82|
|21 August||Gliders 38 def by Great Britain 63|
|22 August||Gliders 43 def by Spain 48|
|23 August||Gliders 90 def Algeria 25 / Classification game|
|24 August||Gliders v Brazil / Ninth place play-off|
By Basketball Australia
Photo with thanks to MSSP Michael Schwartz / Uli Gasper