Jannik Blair and Rollers win gold at Wheelchair Basketball World Championships

REDEMPTION: Jannik Blair with the silver medal he won with the national men's wheelchair basketball team at the 2012 London Paralympics. Blair and the Rollers went one better today when they beat USA in the gold medal game of the world championships. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

REDEMPTION: Jannik Blair with the silver medal he won with the national men's wheelchair basketball team at the 2012 London Paralympics. Blair and the Rollers went one better today when they beat USA in the gold medal game of the world championships. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

JANNIK Blair and the Australian men's wheelchair basketball team have won the gold medal at the Wheelchair Basketball World Championships.

The team played USA in the final on Monday afternoon Australian time and won 63-57.

Australia led by nine at quarter time after shooting well in the first term, but USA got back into the match with strong defense in the second and third quarters.

They cut the margin to four points at halftime and two at three quarter time.

The Rollers found a way to win however, with some clutch free throws sealing the result.

Blair played all but 47 seconds in the gold medal match, connecting on both his field goal attempts to record four points.

He also grabbed four rebounds.

Australia made the final after beating Turkey in a semi-final on Sunday.

The team suffered its first loss of the tournament at the hands of USA on Thursday.

A devastating second quarter from the Americans turned a two-point quarter-time lead into a 13-point buffer at the change of ends.

The Rollers pegged the margin back in the third quarter to be within five, but could not finish off their good work, losing by 10.

Blair finished with two points and three rebounds in the loss.

The Rollers shook off their disappointment to defeat South Korea by 11 points on Saturday.

Blair connected on his only field goal attempt in the win to record two points, and he grabbed two rebounds.

A strong defensive effort in the second quarter helped set up the win, which earned them a semi-final meeting with Turkey.

The Rollers replicated their five-point win over Turkey from earlier in the tournament, coming back from 20 points down at half time to keep their gold medal dream alive.

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