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    The U.S. men play their third and final pool match of the IWBF Championships against South Korea today at 8:00 AM, EST. Stay here to watch the game, get live stats and post-game recaps!

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    HAMBURG, GERMANY - The two originators of wheelchair basketball, United States and Great Britain, met up in pool play with an intense game, where the United States pulled away in the third quarter for a 66-59 victory at the 2018 IWBF World Championships. The game announcers billed as “The Final before the Final” did not disappoint, with numerous lead changes and highlight plays throughout. Jake Williams of Milwaukee, Wisconsin served as the tipping point in the see-saw battle, scoring a game-high 23 points (10-of-22 shooting, 3-of-6 from three-point range) to go along with seven rebounds and six assists. The ever-present Steve Serio of Westbury, New York made an impact as well, tallying 15 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals.

    "I'm just trying to go out there one possession at a time and give it 100 percent," said Williams. "I mean, I'm tired. Much more tired than I have been."

    With these two teams playing each other on a frequent basis and a total of 11 times in the World Championships, it was a matter of feeling each other out and seeing which schemes were rolled out to start the first quarter.

    Great Britain kept up with Team USA’s trademark up-tempo pace without being rushed, ending the opening period up 22-18. The referees let both teams play fairly physical and not many fouls were called. The gym echoed with thuds, screeches and shouts as players had hard drives in the paint. Williams kept Team USA afloat with 10 points in the first, including a deep, 30-foot three-pointer to cut the Great Britain lead to four.

    The size of Great Britain’s Lee Manning dictated the second quarter, as his albatross-like wingspan gobbled up rebounds that led to numerous second chance points. The U.S. defense tried to contain Manning, who shot 2/6 in the second frame, but he still had a strong 12 points and 11 rebounds (4 offensive) going into the halftime break.

    The Americans struggled to hit from outside all night; no U.S. player besides Williams scored a three-pointer in the contest. U.S. Head coach Ron Lykins made to a concerted effort to get his team to the attack paint, led by sixth-man Matt Scott of Detroit, Michigan. This put an onus on refs to call fouls, and got the British in the foul trouble.

    Great Britain started the third-quarter with an easy lay-up for Harry Brown on a set play. That would be their only bucket until the six minute mark -- the U.S. defense turned up, outscoring the British 21-9 in the third quarter. Early foul trouble for the Brits revealed the U.S.’s greatest strength, its depth. The British only got two points from its bench through three quarters. British starter Greg Warburton’s wheelchair had frequent mechanical issues; that combined with foul trouble plaguing stars Manning and Brown that gave the Americans a window. The U.S. took its first lead at 39-37, on a savvy mid-range jumper from Brian Bell of Birmingham, Alabama. That came in the midst of a 9-0 run late in third, capped off by a Williams three-pointer.

    "We battled through," said Bell. "They some tough shots on us in the beginning, but we were able to battle through, comeback, and get the job done in the end."

    In the fourth, both teams played pretty evenly. Team USA pulled away with a lead as large as 13 points in several instances, and it never seemed like Great Britain had a chance to get back in the game.

    Statistically, the U.S. took advantage from the team on the other side of pond. Great Britain turned the ball over seven times, which led to 21 points off those turnovers. Should these teams meet again in the tournament, the U.S. will need to address their rebounding. The Brits outrebounded the U.S. 41-34, with a 10-3 advantage on second chance points.

    "That's a tough [Great Britain] team," said Bell. "A bunch of young guys that I believe are the future of GB [sic]."

    The U.S. men are 2-0 overall in pool play with their final preliminary game coming on Monday against South Korea at 8:00 p.m Eastern. The U.S. men remain the only undefeated team in their pool, which includes Poland and Great Britain.

    Also joining Lykins on the sidelines are assistant coaches Robb Taylor of Auburn, Alabama, and John Sikora of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Scott Meyer of Columbia, Missouri, serves as the Team Leader, with Mary Vacala of Savannah, Georgia, filling the athletic trainer position.

    The U.S. has returned home with a medal from every World Championships, except for the 2014 World Championships, since its inception in 1990, accumulating two gold medals and four silver medals. USA has played for the gold medal in six of the last seven IWBF World Championships.

     

    2018 IWBF World Championships

    Hamburg, Germany

    August 16 - 26, 2018

    2018 IWBF World Championships Results

    USA def. Poland, 82-51

    USA def. Great Britain, 66-59

    U.S. Men’s Schedule for 2018 IWBF World Championships

    8/18 vs Poland 3:30 AM (Eastern/New York)

    8/19 vs Great Britain 2:15 PM

    8/20 vs South Korea 8:00 AM

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    The U.S. men play their second match of the IWBF Championships against Great Britain today at 2:15 PM, EST. Stay here to watch the game, get live stats and post-game recaps!

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    HAMBURG, GERMANY - In their first rematch since the gold-medal game of the 2016 Rio Paralympics, the German women’s national team defeated the U.S. 70-54. Morgan Wood of Gordonsville, Tennessee scored 30 points, over half of the team’s scoring output, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the German’s potent offense.

    The Germans made a focused effort to shut down Rose Hollermann of Elysian, Minnesota and Abby Dunkin of New Braunfels, Texas. Defenders stayed glued to both players throughout the contest, forcing them to take several contested jumpers. In the first quarter Wood kept the team afloat, scoring 8 of the team’s 9 points in the period. Hollermann had some trouble scoring early, recording only 1 point and not hitting a shot (0-for-3) in the opening period. 

    “I think we were all a little bit rusty today, that was obvious,” said Wood. “I just wanted to maintain my intensity. We’re having a bad shooting day and someone has to step up and put the team on their shoulders. That’s what I really wanted to do.”

    The U.S. had no answer for Germany’s Marina Mohnen, who finished the game with a triple-double: 27 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Mohnen did most of her damage in the first half, racking up 18 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Her scoring opened up opportunities for her squad’s Class 1.0 players in the paint. Most of Germany’s 40 points in the paint came off of textbook pick-and-roll action.

    “We’re better than this,” said Wood. "We've got to work."

    Hollermann and Dunkin struggled to find their groove in the first half, combining to shoot only 2-for-11 from the field. Germany showed no signs of slowing down as they ended the second quarter on a 16-5 run, up 41-18 at the break. Both offenses were polar opposites -- the Germans shot 58 percent compared to only 29 percent for Team USA.

    “Our intensity wasn’t really there like we wanted it to be,” said Kaitlyn Eaton of Houston, Texas. “The Germans are big. They’re big and strong girls, and we’ve got to come out just as strong as they are. I don’t think we did that.”

    The tide shifted slightly in the second half as Team USA outscored the Germans 38-29, but the deficit had proven too big to overcome. Lindsey Zurbrugg of Portland, Oregon provided a scoring punch off the bench with six of her 10 points coming in the third. Even as she struggled with her shot (4-of-16), Hollermann still made an impact in other categories, snagging 14 rebounds and getting her teammates involved with 4 assists.

    Home-court advantage came in full effect, as a packed German crowd came to support the hometown team. The roars from the crowd, layered with literal bells and whistles disrupted the action on the court. At times, the U.S. women struggled to communicate on both ends of the courts because of the deafening noise erupting from the stands.

    “It was crazy,” Zurbrugg said. “They had drums playing, all the Germans were super energetic. Whenever they hit a shot the crowd went wild. They were super loud.”

    Overall, the U.S. women are 1-1 in pool play with their next game coming on Monday against China at 12:00 p.m. Eastern. The U.S. has only played China once in the World Championships, winning 61-40 back in 2010.

    The U.S. Women’s Team is coached by NWBA Hall of Famer Trooper Johnson of San Lorenzo, California, and his assistant coaches are Amy Spangler of Madison Wisconsin, and Adam Kramer of Northport, Alabama. Kearstin Gehlhausen of Denver, Colorado serves as the Team Leader, with Karla Franconi of Lexington, Kentucky, filling the athletic trainer position.

    The U.S. has returned home with a medal from every World Championships, except for the 2014 World Championships, since its inception in 1990, accumulating two gold medals and four silver medals. USA has played for the gold medal in six of the last seven IWBF World Championships.

     

    2018 IWBF World Championships

    Hamburg, Germany

    August 16 - 26, 2018

    2018 IWBF World Championships Results

    USA def. Algeria, 75-38 (W)

    Germany def. USA, 70-54 (L)

    U.S. Women’s Schedule for 2018 IWBF World Championships

    8/17 vs Algeria 11:30 AM (Eastern/New York)

    8/19 vs Germany 6:45 AM

    8/20 vs China 12:00 PM

    8/21 vs France 10:15 AM

    8/22 vs Argentina 4:00 AM

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    The U.S. women play their second match of the IWBF Championships against Germany today at 6:30 AM, EST. Stay here to watch the game, get live stats and post-game recaps!

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    GALLERY: Team USA at the IWBF World Championships

    08/18/2018, 10:45am CDT
    By NWBA

    View photos of our men and women in action at the 2018 IWBF World Championships!

    The U.S. Men’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team started their journey in the 2018 IWBF World Championships with a convincing 82-51 win over Poland. Head coach Ron Lykins, Steve Serio and Nate Hinze share insight on the team's execution, defensive improvements, and looking forward to Great Britiain.

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