Australian Gliders Deny Germany Back-to-Back Championships
The Gliders defeated Germany 48-46 in a tightly-fought Final, remaining undefeated throughout the tournament and perhaps more importantly, recording back-to-back wins over the Germans within the space of three days.
The previous encounters between the two countries had gone the way of the powerful Germans, who had defeated the Australian to win the 2012 Paralympic World Cup.
The World Challenge 'Live Stats' from both Basketball Australia and Sportingpulse stopped working at the end of the third quarter, with the Gliders in front at that stage 31-27.
Even at that early stage of the game, Australian head coach John Triscardi had shown great confidence in his team and used all twelve players on his roster, whilst German head coach Holger Glinicki had used just nine players – to a lesser effect.
Cobi Crispin was the leading point-scorer for the Gliders at that stage of the game with 13 points and 8 boards, ahead of Sarah Stewart with 4 points and 4 boards.
Marina Mohnen (12 points) led Germany, ahead of Gesche Schuenemann (8 points, 12 boards, 5 assists).
Women's teams from both China and Japan were also playing in the World Challenge event, with the former finishing in third position.
PRELIMINARY ROUNDS: Australian Gliders 60 def China 41; Germany 94 def Japan 44; Australian Gliders 67 def Japan 41; Germany 66 def China 39; China 53 def Japan 36; Gliders 53 def Germany 45; Australian Gliders 57 def China 45; Germany 67 def Japan 27; China 53 def Japan 37
GRAND FINAL: Australian Gliders 48 def Germany 46