Australia and South Africa men's national wheelchair basketball teams play in their 2012 Paralympics opener

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Friday, August 31, 2012

London, England — At London's Olympic Basketball Arena last night, Australia men's national wheelchair basketball team decisively beat South Africa by a score of 93 to 39 before a crowd of 2,106. The game was the first played by both teams at the 2012 Summer Paralympics. Justin Eveson led Australia in scoring with 21 points. Richard Nortje led his team in scoring, and was the only South African player to reach double digits in points scored. Australia's next match is against Turkey, and South Africa's next match is against Spain later today.

South Africa listens to their national anthem before the game is played
Image: Laura Hale.
Australia listens to their national anthem before the game is played
Image: Laura Hale.
Australia's coaches listen to their national anthem before the game is played
Image: Laura Hale.
14 Nick Taylor and 12 Grant Mizens slap hands after a play
Image: Laura Hale.
13 Stuart Jellows enters the game
Image: Laura Hale.
The South African team watches the game from the bench
Image: Laura Hale.
Brad Ness brings the ball down the floor for Australia
Image: Laura Hale.
South African Samuel van Niekerk gets pinched by Australia's Jannik Blair and Grant Mizens
Image: Laura Hale.
South Africa rights a player as they prepare to inbound the ball
Image: Laura Hale.
Richard Nort Je gets back into his chair
Image: Laura Hale.



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