Paralympic World Cup: No luck for Aussies in Manchester

Paralympic World Cup: No luck for Aussies in Manchester

Rollers and Gliders fell to 0-2 records overnight in Manchester.

The Australian Gliders were outplayed by Canada 58-42 overnight.

Cobi Crispin led the Australians with 11 points but the telling statistics were the rebound count, which the Gliders lost 27-45, and field goal percentage; Canada converted 47 percent to Australia’s 32. Canada’s Janet McLachlan topped the scoring with 25 points.

The Gliders got away to a great start to hold a 16-14 advantage at the first break.

But the Aussie women made only one field goal in the second quarter, allowing Canada to race away to win the quarter 15-2.

The Canadians held an 11-point lead at halftime 29-18.

The Gliders recovered in the third quarter to match it with Canada but could not carry the momentum into the fourth term where they were outscored by five points.

The Rollers had another nail-biting loss, toppled by Italy 54-53.

The Australian men put in a better performance than their first round loss but missed a combined total of 20 free throws throughout the game which cost them dearly at the end of the night.

Brad Ness had a 12 point, 10 rebound double-double to lead the Rollers but Italy’s Matteo Cavagnini led all scorers with 17.

Both teams went at it inside with their key bigs and it was a tight contest throughout the first half, with the Rollers riding Ness & Justin Eveson inside.

But the Rollers committed 14 turnovers in the first half which prevented them from putting Italy under any scoreboard pressure or mix up the tempo, the Italians with a 23-22 lead at the halftime break.

The third quarter was another close affair and the Rollers drew even at the final break but the Rollers were not able to put enough back to back baskets together in the final quarter to create enough pressure when the game was there to be won.

Roller Shaun Norris fouling out midway through the last quarter took a little wind out of the Australians’ sails but the Rollers continued to fight.

A couple of key free throws under intense pressure from Dylan Alcott (4/4) and John McPhail (2/2) kept the Rollers in the contest but the Italians held their nerve in the closing stages and came up with a couple of big baskets when the Rollers were pushing.

CANADA 58 (J McLachlan 25, C Ouellet 11, T Feser 10) def
AUSTRALIAN GLIDERS 42 (C Crispin 11, S Chaplin 7, A Merritt 6)

ITALY 54 (M Cavagnini 17, A Moukhriq 10, G Marchionni 8) def
AUSTRALIAN ROLLERS 53 (B Ness 12, J Eveson 10, D Alcott 8)