European Wheelchair Basketball Championship Knockout stages set

The Netherlands and Germany will both play in the semi-finals (Photo: IWBF)

The pools have been set for the knock-out rounds of the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships at Tenerife, Spain following the end of the group stages on Tuesday.

The women’s draw was all in one group with the top four teams all advancing through to the semi-finals, which take place on Wednesday.

There was a thrilling match in the last day of pool play for the women with Germany and the Netherlands both looking to remain undefeated. Germany ended up taking that honor as they managed a 61-55 win. Mareike Miller was the star for the Germans as she managed to drain 42 points in the game.

By winning the pool, Germany will take on fourth placed side, France, who won a virtual quarter-final against the hosts, Spain. France defeated Spain 56-50 in a thrilling much to earn their place in the semi-finals. That means that the four Semi-finalists France, Germany, Great Britain and the Netherlands are the final four yet again, the same four since 2009.

Spain will likely have to settle for fifth place as they take on Turkey, the only team to have lost every game at the tournament, in the fifth place playoff.

On the men’s side the pool play went as expected with the two groups going down to games between the two top teams in each group. The Netherlands took on Spain while in Group B Great Britain took on Turkey.

In Group A the Netherlands managed to win a thrilling match against the hosts as they claimed the 60-54 win. That gave the Netherlands the top spot in the group as both teams finished level on wins, meaning that the Dutch topped the group thanks to winning the head-to-head matchup.

Group B saw a rematch of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games bronze medal match seeing Turkey manage a 71-60 win. That saw Turkey finish as the only unbeaten in the men’s side of the draw, pushing Great Britain down to second place.

That has set up quarter finals of Netherlands v Israel, Spain v Germany, Turkey v Italy and Great Britain v Poland. The bottom teams in the groups will playoff to avoid relegation with France taking on Lithuania and Sweden up against Switzerland.


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