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'All strategy': Why 1-pt win has Aussies confident of medal

Posted: 12-Jul-2019 by PanAm Games 2019

The stage is set for an epic junior basketball bronze medal showdown between Australia and Brazil after the Aussies registered a one-point win in the pair’s final group clash on Thursday.

It ended 63-62 in dramatic fashion, confirming the sides would meet again in three days with a medal up for grabs.

However, according to Greg Shapiro, that scoreline is misleading – with the coach feeling confident his charges will storm home to clinch the bronze.

“It was a really really good result, we probably could’ve won by more but we didn’t want to,” he said.

“The whole game was basically all strategy, we went out there and we didn’t run any of our normal offense or defence because we’re going to playing them again in the bronze medal playoff game.

Australia will play Brazil in the bronze medal game on Sunday

“It is a very good sign. We were up by about 15 and they came back at us which Is fine, they never had the lead at all ever. The boys stepped up today as well, basically we couldn’t have asked for a better result. A blowout win against them, they would only have come back even hungrier.”

Zac Nissen was hug for the Aussies, turning in a superb performance to help his team to victory. Meanwhile, BJ Shapiro was on fire from the perimeter, nailing a number of clutch three-pointers in an assured shooting showing.

With a few days until their next game, it’s a matter of staying focused for the Aussies. This team have shown their credentials with a string of strong showings and now just four quarters stand between them and landing a medal at the Maccabi Pan-American Games.  

 “I think the boys are ready,” Shapiro asserted.

“I think they know that they’re one of the top three teams here and deserve it. Mentally they’re ready, so I don’t think I need to do too much more work, just keep them in check basically. It’s been a great tournament so far that’s for sure.”

Australia face Brazil in the junior basketball bronze medal match on Sunday, keep your eyes peeled for live stream details.