(BEIJING, September 14) -- Australia and Canada will battle in the Men's Wheelchair Basektball final after defeating their opponents in semifinals on Sunday, September 14.
Sweden beats China 63 to 45
Sweden shut down China 63-45 in the classification play-off game for 11th-12 place, at the National Indoor Stadium on Sunday.
Sweden extended its halftime lead of three points and outscored China 30-15 in the second half for the team's second win of the tournament. Guard Hussein Haidari was the game's top scorer with 19 points, and two of his Swedish teammates scored 14 points. Sweden also seized on their 52 rebounds, scoring 22 second chance points.
China's offense was unable to rally in the fourth quarter, in which the team scored only two points. Center Ding Hai scored the most points for his team in the match (14 points), twice as many as any of his teammates. China finished winless in the tournament.
"I am not happy with the team's performance today," said Swedish coach Ines Lopes. "I wanted them to come out and do themselves justice. We had a mental block and only took the game away from them [the Chinese team] near the end."
Australia beats Great Britain 67 to 44
Australia's relentless offense made a winning difference as the team defeated Great Britain 67-54 to advance to the gold medal game in a semifinal match on Sunday.
Led by forward Justin Eveson and forward/guard Shaun Norris, who combined for 41 points, Australia hit approximately 55 percent of its field goals and two-point shots. Two other Australian players scored in the double digits.
Great Britain averaged a 40 percent success rate from the field and in three-point shot attempts. Guard Jon Pollock was the top British scorer with 18 points, and the only British player to score more than eight points.
"They've [Australia] got three big guys, so we knew it would be a struggle," said British forward Terence Bywater. "We never really got going in the first half, and unfortunately we were many points behind. To have a fourth quarter like that and to have a comeback like we did, it showed character. But it was just too late for us."
Australia advances to the gold medal game, against the winner of the United States vs. Canada match taking place later on Sunday.
Great Britain advance to the bronze medal match against the loser of the United States vs. Canada game. Both medal games will take place Tuesday, September 16 at the National Indoor Stadium.
Canada beats the United States 69 to 62
Canada struggled to beat the United States 69-62 after two overtimes in another semifinal.
Canada's mainstay Patrick Anderson put up 33 points, 21 rebounds and six assists. His teammate Joey Johnson added 13 points.
The United States missed several field goals and free throws in double overtime, and these errors slowed the momentum and allowed a game-long lead to slowly slip away. Joe Chambers did best for the US team, dropping 14 points, followed by 11 points from Jeff Glasbrenner. Ten US players scored in the match, comparing to just seven from Canadian players.
Canada will face long-time rival Australia in the final on Tuesday, September 16. The US team will play Great Britain (loser of the first semifinal match on Sunday) in the bronze medal game on the same day.