Brazil gives AmaWheelies a tough time

Thursday, 15 June 2017

After a rest day on Tuesday in Toronto, Canada at the 2017 U23 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship, Sasol Amawheelies woke up on Wednesday morning looking to avoid the wooden spoon award for the tournament.

They came up against a struggling Brazilian outfit that had struggled throughout the tournament and had also been beaten in all their previous games. The young South African’s have had a tough time - and although they had the youngest team of the tournament - they were optimistic that they would be able to return home with the 11th place position.

Unfortunately, Brazil had other ideas and handed South Africa yet another defeat. The Samba Boys had done their homework and employed a full court press for most the game, which the South African youngsters were not able to cope with. The Brazilians dominated the whole game, putting up 66 Field Goal attempts and converting 56% of these, which was double the attempts that Amawheelies could muster (12/36attempts @ 36%).

The South African literally tossed the game away - with the number of turnovers (21) and the Brazilians capitalised on this with 24 costly points. Ayabonga Jim top scored for the South African’s with 14 points, with Warren Tefu contributing with eight (8) points. 

Despite the heavy losses, the young men from Mzansi have had a chance to identify the areas where they have been lacking and will go back home to work towards improving these. They are looking to compete better should they qualify for the 2021 Championship.

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