The Rollers in action against Japan.
The Rollers in action against Japan.

Rollers tune up for quarter-finals with win over Japan

BASKETBALL: The Australian men's wheelchair basketball team the Rollers can now turn their sights to the quarter-finals after beating Japan 68-55 in their final group stage match on Tuesday morning (Australian time).

The Rollers took at 4-1 win-loss record from the group stage, with Spain the only team to defeat the Australians.

At this stage it is unclear who they will play in the quarter-finals but it will likely be on Thursday morning (Australian time).

Tom O'Neill-Thorne, one of the team's Paralympic Games debutants, said the side was happy with the win.

"Especially going into the more serious end of the tournament, it was good to finish off the group stages with a win,” he said.

O'Neill-Thorne said after the loss to Spain the team went back and reflected on what small improvements they had to make.

"I think it was more about defence and just the way we play that defence, we really wanted to fix that up,” he said.

"We thought we weren't physical enough and so worked on that.”

The physicality of the Rollers was clearly on show during the 13-point win against Japan, with a number of heavy fouls committed by both teams.

The Rollers never really looked challenged for most of the game.

"We got out to an early lead at the start and just built from that, and that was definitely from our defence,” he said.


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