Germany ended the elimination round with a dominating victory to solidify their stature as one of the top gold medal contenders in the ongoing 2012 London Paralympics women’s wheelchair basketball competition.
Led by four players who finished in double figures, Germany hammered out a dominating 68-28 win over Mexico to stay unbeaten, clinching the top spot in Group B.
Mareike Aderman spearheaded the German’s attack as she finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Marina Mohnen, who is having an outstanding tournament, added 16 points and 16 rebounds.
Annika Zeyen also had a share of the spotlight, scoring 12 points and five rebounds to go with six assists, while Gesche Schuenemann had 11 points to go with eight rebounds and five assists for Germany, who were never threatened as the dominated right from the first period.
Meanwhile, after helping Great Britain earn a free ticket to the quarterfinals, Canada trumped the host, 67-50, to finish third in Group B behind Australia and Netherlands.
Janet McLachlan had another dominating night as he racked up 15 points and 15 rebounds, while Katie Harnock added 20 and 18 points, respectively, with the latter adding eight rebounds and eight assists for Canada, who finished with the round with 3-1 record.
Despite the defeat, Great Britain coach Garry Peel remained optimistic about their chances, saying that they can go up against the top teams in the other group including their quarterfinal foe, the undefeated Germany women side.
“The pressure’s off for us now. Our goal is the top four and we’re sticking to that, but we know we can take anybody in the other pool,” Peel said. “If we start tomorrow like we did today we’ll rattle the Germans.”
Great Britain finished with 1-3 record in the preliminary round to finish fourth in Group B.
2012 London Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Day Five Results (Monday – September 3)
- Mexico 28 – 69 Germany
- Great Britain 50 – 67 Canada
- China 65 – 68 USA
- Brazil 42 – 55 Netherlands