Iran men’s national wheelchair basketball team has notched up its first victory in the second round of the 2014 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships in South Korea after beating Argentina.
On Wednesday, the Iranian side sealed a close and grinding 53-51 victory over Argentines in a match held at the Samsan World Sports Complex in South Korea’s northwestern port city of Incheon.
The Iranian wheelchair basketball players outscored the South Americans 12-9 in the first quarter. The second quarter played out much like the first, with the Iranian team utilizing some quality offensive breaks to win it 19-11.
However, Argentina rallied in the third quarter and managed to edge past the Iranians with 18 points to 7.
In the final quarter, momentum was clearly with the Iranian outfit, who chipped the deficit down and could level the score at 51-51 eight seconds before the final whistle.
The Iranian physically-challenged sportsmen finally clinched a 15-13 win in the fourth round, and scored a 53-51 victory over Argentina.
The Iranian team will return to action on Thursday as it plays against South Korea.
The 2014 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships started in Incheon on July 5, and will run until July 14.
A total of 320 athletes from 16 countries are competing in the tournament — making it the largest event in its history.
Paralympic silver medalists Australia are looking to retain their men’s world title at the 2014 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships.
With the gold medalists from London 2012 Canada not qualifying for the worlds for first time in history, Australian wheelchair basketball players will certainly want to taste glory once more.
However, they will face stiff competition in this task, with the United States undoubtedly fancying their chances as well as European champions Great Britain.
By Press TV
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