The U.S. males’s wheelchair basketball workforce beat Japan 64-60 on Sunday, profitable the gold medal on the Tokyo Paralympic Video games.
The U.S. workforce recovered after trailing by 5 factors within the fourth quarter, pulling forward simply in time to beat the Japanese workforce within the Ariake Enviornment.
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Crew captain Steve Serio led the U.S. workforce with 28 factors and 9 assists, turning into a crucial participant within the remaining quarter.
“Japan was the Cinderella story of this event, however you couldn’t ask for a extra storybook ending for us,” Serio mentioned. “We didn’t get the beginning we wished, however we positively received the end we wished.”
Japan claimed the silver medal, their first medal in males’s wheelchair basketball. Kozai Hiroaki led Japan with 18 factors, and Chokai Renshi scored eight, including 18 rebounds — the sport excessive.
Nice Britain beat Spain 68-58 within the bronze medal match.
“This sport simply got here right down to coronary heart,” Nice Britain’s Gaz Choudhry mentioned of the match.
Britain’s head coach, Haj Bhania, examined optimistic for COVID-19 earlier than the workforce was set to go to Tokyo, forcing the workforce to compete with out him.
Choudhry stepped up because the workforce’s player-coach, main the workforce to the medal victory.