Rio Day 5: USA Wheelchair Basketball Enter Quarterfinals on Top

Day Five at the Paralympic Games continued the incredible run for USA Men’s and Women’s Wheelchair Basketball. The women opened the day with a commanding 65-15 win over Algeria and finish pool play undefeated. Natalie Schneider was the top scorer with 14 and Florence, Alabama resident Abby Dunkin was second with 13. The women will move onto the quarterfinals Tuesday against Brazil at 7 p.m. CT. Early afternoon brought Team USA’s men back to Carioca Arena where they saw a tough GB team, the only other undefeated country in their pool. The U.S. came out on top, winning the game 65-48, also making them the winners of Pool B. Jake Williams was the top scorer for the men with 12. Right behind Williams was University of Alabama graduate Jared Arambula with 10. The U.S. will face the Netherlands in the quarterfinals on Wednesday at 1:15 p.m. CT.

In addition to women’s wheelchair basketball quarterfinal action, USA Women’s Goalball will have their final game of pool play at 7 a.m. CT against Israel. Semifinals for goalball begin on Thursday.

USA Wheelchair Rugby moved into their second week here in Rio and have been busily training for their opener on Wednesday vs. France at 10:45 a.m. CT.

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