South Korea stuns Iran wheelchair b-ballers

Iran men’s national wheelchair basketball team

Iran men’s national wheelchair basketball team has fallen victim to hosts South Korea in its last match of the second round of the 2014 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships.

On Thursday, the Iranian side suffered a close loss to South Koreans in a match played at the Samsan World Sports Complex in South Korea’s northwestern port city of Incheon, located about 70 kilometers (43 miles) west of the capital Seoul.

The host nation started in energetic fashion and bolted out to a 19-13 first quarter lead over Iran.

The Iranian wheelchair basketball players came from behind in the second quarter and scored points to pull out a dramatic 23-9 victory.

The Iranian outfit continued to chip away in the third quarter and was off to a 20-13 lead.

However, in the final quarter, South Koreans rebounded from their losses and grabbed the lead back to surge ahead.

The Iranian physically-challenged sportsmen tried to close the gap but ultimately fell just short, and South Korea outscored Iran 26-8 to come away with a 67-64 victory.

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.