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USA Win World Junior Wheelchair Basketball Champs
No medal for the disappointed hosts
Great Britain on 4th place
The hosts Great Britain lost out on a bronze medal as they were beaten 38-61 by Australia in the third place play off. The USA scored more than twice as many points as Japan to win the match 73-34.
The Japanese tried to come back into the game in the second half with Miyajima and Kozai helping to put some points on the board but the USA's dominance was indisputable and by half time they had already notched up 40 points.
In the third quarter the USA stretched their lead even further and Campbell and Scott continued to score freely with the former successfully making an amazing five three point shots. Japan never gave up and scored 13 points in the last period but it was too little too late and they had to settle for silver.
In the bronze medal game Australia defeated the host nation. After the game Australia's top scorer, Tristan Knowles who finished the match on 25 points said: "I am pleased with the game but I am disappointed we lost in the semi-final yesterday. I've had a great time here and the atmosphere is really great. I love our team. It is really close and we've get on well on and off the court. We are all mates. It was a challenging match. I think GB are really tough to beat."
Great Britain were naturally disappointed with the result and Jordan Jarrett-Bryan who played well defensively for the hosts said: "We are not pleased with the performance. We had a game plan but it went wrong because we did not stick to it. I believe we deserved a medal. Next year we hope to improve on out teamwork. We have some star players and we know that and we depend on them too much."
Championships Chairman Richard Callicott was delighted that the tournament had been so successful and said: "The competition has been fantastic. The highlight for me has been the friendship shown between all of the players on the same sides and between the teams too and I hope that each of the competing countries will remember this event for years to come."
- World Junior Wheelchair Basketball Championships