The national senior men’s wheelchair basketball team got back to winning ways with a crushing 103-28 victory over Libya in their second fixture at the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation’s African Qualifiers in Algiers, Algeria on Sunday.
The South Africans dominated all elements of the match, having led 27-5 after the first quarter and 55-18 at half-time. By the end of the third quarter, the Sasol Amawheelaboys were 75-22 in the lead.
The triumph would have restored a lot of confidence in the Sasol Amawheelaboys team after they lost their opening fixture 64-57 to hosts and Africa’s top ranked side, Algeria.
Paralympic star Richard Nortje contributed 22 points to the South Africans’ final score, with the Sasol Amawheelaboys simply too strong, fast and tactically aware for the Libyans to counter.
Cheered on by the singing of the Sasol Amawheelagirls team, who arrived earlier in the day and will open their competition campaign on Tuesday, the Amawheelaboys will be well aware that many of the other teams at the tournament will be much more competitive than what the Libyans had to offer.
‘Getting over 100 points in a wheelchair basketball international match is great, but its in the history books and done now, so we need to refocus and prepare for Monday’s fixture against Eqypt at 3.30pm SA time,’ said head coach Franck Belen after the match.
‘I can assure you Egypt will be a much tougher proposition than what Libya had to offer, so we need to do some homework and have a good night’s rest before we face the Egyptians.’
Team picture before the Libya match courtesy of Abbey Sebetha/Bakonepix