Belgium has claimed gold at the European wheelchair basketball Division C Championships as they defeated the Czech Republic in the final.
Both teams were coming in to the final undefeated and Belgium continued their form and came out strongly quickly getting out to a 17-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. That margin continued in tohalf-time after the Czech Republic responded and both teams managed 17 pointsin the second quarter. The Czech Republic came out well in the third cutting itto a 10-point gap as they gained a point with a 14-13 quarter. The Czech Republic fought hard, but Belgium’s 10 point lead was too much with the Czech Republic only able to close the gap to five points, making it 65-50. Czech Republic will be comforted though as the two teams both earn promotion to division B.
Earlier in the day the minor places were decided as the two classification games were played with Serbia taking fifth and Ireland claimingthe bronze medal.
Serbia defeated Greece in the fifth place playoff, beginning with a tight first quarter with Serbia just edging the first quarter with athree point lead. The second quarter saw Serbia managed a 9-0 run to start thesecond and pushed that lead out to 36-22 at half-time. From there Serbia dominated, easily controlling in a 65-39 win for fifth place.
The Bronze medal match was thrilling, a tight match going all the way down to the wire with Ireland leading at half-time by three points 28-25. But in the third Portugal started coming back and took a three pointlead quickly. At the start of the final quarter Ireland went on an 8-0 run totake the lead back before the lead changed six times in the final quarter. Portugal could have won with a late basket and as such Ireland claimed the 51-50 win.
Following the final the all-star team was named with Belgium managing two players, Bart Bulens (1.0) and Philippe Minten (2.0), afeat matched by Ireland with Michael Cunningham (3.0), and Matthew Rollston (3.5)with Czech Adam Erben (4.5) rounding out the all-star five.