Jannik Blair, Australian Rollers on to quarter finals at World Wheelchair Basketball Championship

Jannik Blair.

Jannik Blair.

HORSHAM wheelchair basketball star Jannik Blair and the Australian men’s team suffered their first loss at the 2014 IWBF World Wheelchair Basketball Championship on Thursday night.

Australia’s five-game winning streak to start the tournament came to an end when the team fell short to the United States in its final group stage game in South Korea.

A 15-4 second quarter ultimately proving the difference.

The tournament’s top scorer was at it again, with Shaun Norris from the Australian Rollers, posting a game-high 28 points to go with six rebounds in the 10-point defeat.

The United States raced out of the blocks to start the second half, establishing a 19-point lead midway through the third quarter.

The final score was 67-57.

Due to Australia’s five consecutive wins prior, they are guaranteed it a place in the quarter finals.

A win would see them finish in the top two of their second group and give them an easier quarter-final draw.

The Rollers' next opponent at the quarter final stage is yet to be confirmed.

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