Teams prepare for knockout stages in Incheon11.07.2014
The quater finalists will go head-to-head on Saturday in the IWBF men's World Wheelchair Basketball Championship
After a rest day on Friday (11 July) in Incheon, Korea, the eight best teams at the IWBF men’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship will be back on court on Saturday ready for the knockout quarter final stages.
The first game of the day, which will be livestreamed here will be a re-run of last year’s European Championship gold medal match between Great Britain and Turkey.
The British team are unbeaten so far in Incheon and look strong contenders to add the world title to the European crown they secured last July in Frankfurt, Germany. Turkey, who have won three and lost three so far though, will be hoping to recapture the form that won them a surprise European silver.
London 2012 bronze medallists USA are next up on court in their match against Iran. The match should be fairly straight forward for the US however, having suffered a surprise loss to Italy in the earlier round, the Iranians may fancy their chances of another upset.
The third game of the day features the Championship’s two surprise teams. Spain has lost just once in Incheon – a 60:44 defeat to Great Britain – but will be pushed all the way by an inconsistent Italian team who despite three defeats claimed a notable scalp on Tuesday with victory over USA.
A vocal crowd is expected for the final game of the day when hosts Korea meet defending world champions Australia. The Koreans boast a won four, lost two, record so far this tournament, and will face their biggest challenge yet against the Australian Rollers whose only defeat has come against the USA.
Whilst the top eight teams enjoyed a deserved rest day on Friday, matches took place to determine the final finishing position from 9 to 16.
Algeria 38:59 The Netherlands
Mexico 58:75 Sweden
Argentina 61:62 Germany
Japan 65:56 Colombia
For more information on the tournament, or to check out the final standings from the second group phase, visit the official website of the 2014 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships.