USA - Great Britain 62:79 (18:20/33:38/47:54)
The men from Great Britain win World Cup gold in wheelchair basketball. In the final in Hamburg, they beat the reigning Paralympics champion USA 79:62.
It was a very balanced game on a high level in which the Brits gets the better of enthusiastic US boys with a concentrated team performance. In the end, five players scored double-digit points. Already at halftime break, Great Britain had a lead of five points.
And they didn't let up and defended the attempts of the US to shoot the game. Great Britain also won the third quarter. In the last period, they could even made it quite clear thanks to a strong score percentage.
Philip Pratt scored a double-double for the Brits with 12 points and rebounds each. On the other side, Jake Williams from the Thuringia Bulls was the most effective American player with 15 points, Brian Bell (14 points) and Jared Arambula (13 points) who play for RSV Lahn-Dill added 27.
Ron Lykins, Head Coach USA:
"GB played an excellent game, both in the offense as well in the defensive. The shooting percentage was very well. They scored more points than us and any other team. They just deserve the win, they earned it. They are the champions."
Haj Bhania, Head Coach GBR:
„We waited a long time for this. This is a dream that has come true. We know that the USA is such a fantastic team that is always difficult to beat and we expected this to become a close game. But our boys just believed in theirselves. We are world champions now for the first time ever, and we will certainly celebrate this.“
Photo: MSSP-Michael Schwartz