In a rematch of the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games, Germany pulled off a hat trick as they scored a come-from-behind 54-48 win over a heavily-favored USA in day two of women’s wheelchair basketball on Friday night.
USA looked in control after the third period with them leading by just three, but are controlling the tempo, but Germany suddenly got into a deadly form in the final period.
Facing the three-point deficit, Germany outscored USA by nine points in the final period to escape with the win, starting their campaign with a bang, while the Americans absorbed their first defeat after crushing France, 63-24, in day one.
Marina Mohnen was the star of the night for Germany, scoring seven points in the final two minutes of the game to finish with 15 points and 10 rebounds to go with seven assists, while Gesche Schuenemann added 12 and nine rebounds.
Meanwhile, host Great Britain had another disappointing performance in day two as they dropped their second-straight game after absorbing a humiliating 51-24 defeat in front of their home-town crowd.
Australia, the bronze medalist four years ago in Beijing, dominated from start to finish and never allowed the host to get some rhythm en route to their second-straight win.
Great Britain, on the other hand, are now in a dangerous situation with their 0-2 record, disappointing coach Garry Peel.
“They know what’s coming,” said Peel, whose team absorbed a 63-24 defeat in day one. “They know that’s not the way we play.”
Netherlands and China also kept their record unblemished after defeating Canada, 70-59, and France, 72-34, respectively.
2012 London Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Day Two Results (Friday – August 31)
- Great Britain 24 – 51 Australia
- Germany 54 – 48 USA
- Canada 59 – 70 Netherlands
- China 72 – 34 France