At the Carioca Arena, Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games opened with a thrilling battle between Germany and Canada – with the top positions in the Women’s Pool A still all to play for.
A strong opening quarter by Germany saw the London 2012 Champions play to a 20-14 lead against Canada; the 2014 World Champions, however, responded in stunning fashion in the second quarter – the Canadian team working their way ahead by 31-29 at half time.
Germany came out firing in the third: at the end of the 10 minutes it was now the German side who held a three point advantage: 45-42. A tense final quarter saw Germany really pressure their opponents at both ends of the court as they played their way to the top spot in Pool A with a 68-54 win.
Mareike Miller said: “It was a really good game: we had a lot of pressure on us because we lost yesterday and we knew it’s not only about winning, but about winning by a lot to make sure we get the first place in the pool which helps us in the quarter finals; so we came out really strong with a lot of good energy and really played well together.”
Cindy Ouellet said: “It was a tough game: we knew it was going to be hard – we didn’t play our best; Germany were just better than us at the end as the result shows.”
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