Jannik Blair helps Australia to win at world championship

OFF TO A GOOD START: Jannik Blair and the Australian Rollers defeated Sweden in their first group match at the World Wheelchair Basketball Championship in South Korea. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

OFF TO A GOOD START: Jannik Blair and the Australian Rollers defeated Sweden in their first group match at the World Wheelchair Basketball Championship in South Korea. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

HORSHAM'S Jannik Blair and the Australian men's wheelchair basketball team got their world championship defence off to a good start with a first-up win over Sweden.

Blair only attempted one field goal in 27 minutes of court time in Australia's opening Group D match at the World Wheelchair Basketball Championship in Incheon, South Korea, but the team did enough to win 71-62.

Sweden scored 15 points in the first quarter to take a one-point lead into the first break, but a 21-14 second term from the Rollers put them in front by six at half-time.

The Swedes cut the margin to four at the final change, but a big last quarter saw the Rollers hold off their opponent to fight out a nine-point win.

Blair started but was limited by foul trouble.

He finished the game scoreless, with two rebounds and an assist.

Rollers captain Brad Ness scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed five rebounds.

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