Australia and Canada clinched the top spot in their respective groups after scoring separate wins on Sunday night to stay unbeaten in the 2012 London Paralympic Games men’s wheelchair basketball competition.
The 2008 Beijing Paralympics gold medalist Australia secured the top spot in Group A after hammering out a convincing 65-49 win over USA.
Shaun Norris led Australia with 16 points, but it was Justin Eveson who made the biggest impact as he finished with 15 points and 16 rebounds to go with nine assists and two blocks, helping the Aussies solidify their gold-medal bid.
With the loss, USA, who has no player that finished in double figures, dropped to 2-2, but has already assured a spot in the quarterfinal round of the tournament.
Meanwhile, 2008 silver medalist Canada also protected their unblemished record with a 73-66 win over Germany.
Patrick Anderson was simply unstoppable as he recorded a triple-double with 25 points, 15 rebounds, and 12 assists for Canada, who pulled away in the second period and never looked back for the rest of the way.
Dirk Passiwan, on the other hand, had another dominating performance, finishing with 29 points to go with eight rebounds and eight assists, but it was not enough for Germany, who absorbed their first defeat of the tournament but are also a shoe-in in the next round.
Meanwhile, Great Britain solidified their grip on the third spot in Group B after trumping Poland, 87-58, to score their second-straight victory after starting the tournament with two-straight setbacks.
2012 London Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Day Two Results (Sunday – September 2)
- Colombia 49 – 63 Japan
- South Africa 32 – 61 Italy
- Germany 66 – 73 Canada
- Poland 58 – 87 Great Britain
- Australia 65 – 49 USA
- Spain 67 – 64 Turkey