Gliders must regroup for Worlds

Gliders must regroup for Worlds

The Australian Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team, the Gliders, lost the final of the 4 Nations Tournament in Berlin, 80-55, to host country Germany overnight.

A poor shooting percentage game resulted in Germany winning convincingly over the Aussies.

The Germans dominated the game from the outset opening an early lead of 11 points in the first quarter and the Gliders were not able to reduce this deficit.

The Aussies were able to stem the tide in the second quarter to go into halftime down 12 points, 34-22.

But the flood gates opened in the second half with the Germans building on their 12 point lead to win by 25 points.

High percentage shooting of Mohnen and Schunemann for the Germans, especially with limited time on the shot clock gave the host team the winning edge.

For the Gliders Kylie Gauci again battled valiantly for 11 points. Cobi Crispin worked hard at both ends of the court for seven points and four rebounds. Coming off the bench, Leanne del Toso and Bridie Kean scored 10 and seven points respectively.

Gliders Coach John Triscari, said "I was disappointed given the performance of the team in the game last night where we defeated the current World Champions, Canada, shooting at a high percentage which could not be replicated again today against what I consider to be one of the top Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Teams in the world."

The Gliders depart Berlin on Monday morning and head for Birmingham to continue their preparations for the World Championships which tips off on July 7.