Rollers glide past Great Britain

Rollers glide past Great Britain

The Australian Men’s Wheelchair basketball team, the Rollers, eased passed Great Britain 65-51 in game two of their four-game international series at the Herb Graham Recreation Centre in Perth last night. The 14-point win follows the Rollers' powerful 75-49 victory

The Australian Men’s Wheelchair basketball team, the Rollers, eased passed Great Britain 65-51 in game two of their four-game international series at the Herb Graham Recreation Centre in Perth last night.

The 14-point win follows the Rollers' powerful 75-49 victory in the opening game yesterday, giving them a 2-0 lead in the series.

Great Britain has a chance to keep the series alive when game three is be played at the Shellharbour Basketball Stadium in New South Wales on Wednesday, August 21.

“We tried a few different things in the first half last night but in the third quarter we reverted to our up the floor style and put that break on them,” Head Coach Ben Ettridge said.

“We are happy though and got some good things done and it is a testimony to the guys that they made the new things work so well in such a short period of time.

“We threw in a couple of different things to really challenge the guys because we have to be able to adapt to situations where we will have limited preparation time and have games in consecutive days.

“We have a few tired boys at the moment so we are going to try and maintain our intensity leading into next week.”

Perth guard Shaun Norris scored a game high 25 points on 11-of-16 shooting to lead the Rollers with Justin Eveson contributing a dominant 19-point, 11 rebound and 7 assist double-double in support.

Tristan Knowles also added 10 points and 4 assists.

Simon Munn scored 14 points to lead Great Britain with Colin Price and Terry Bywater adding 10 points each.

Great Britain responded to being wiped off the court in the opening term yesterday to grind out a narrow 15-12 quarter time lead, however it would be the last time they were in front with the Rollers winning the second and third quarters 40-22.Ahead 52-34 at three quarter time, the Rollers again rotated their full list in the final quarter, which Great Britain won 14-13 but fell short of victory by fourteen points, 65-51.There were no injuries to report.