Donostia Ha’aretz: — The flame of the Paralympic Games in Tokyo was extinguished yesterday with the worst news of the Basque expedition. Asier García and David Mouriz, Basque players and key players on the state’s wheelchair basketball team, were unable to take the bronze and had to earn an acid diploma. Spain finished second at the Paralympics and is ready to go for the gold. But the semi-finals against the best of the US at the moment sent him to struggle for the last step on the podium. There, at the Ariac Arena, the UK waited, which yesterday ended up waking Garcia and Morez from a slumber, endorsing the state team by a painful 58-68. “We’re tight, we came for gold and in the end you leave with no metal. The feeling is bad and it’s ugly. There’s a third quarter where we screwed up more than usual and there it seems like the match got away with us,” Morris said after the meeting.
And yesterday Great Britain was better. So much so that the Spaniards could only show their quality in the first half of the duel, when they went to the end of the first half with two goals (30-28). Sin embargo, a la salida de los vestuarios, el equipo de García y Mouriz no pudo mantener ni la intensidad defensiva ni la efectividad en ataque, lo que dio alas a un rival que llegaba como el único conjunto capaz de superarmp al oroí, United State. In this way, the Basques could not repeat their presence on the Paralympic podium – they were silver in Rio – and came home with fourth place. “It was a level game until the end of the first half. I think in the second quarter we could have played on the scoreboard, but we had flows in the easy actions. Then we didn’t feel comfortable and I think they took the game fairly,” Garcia concluded.
Enter Perales Teresa Perales, Spain’s most decorated 27-time Paralympic athlete, will not return home today with the rest of the country’s campaign. The swimmer, who won silver in the 50-meter race in Tokyo, had to be taken to a hospital in the Japanese capital after suffering “a state of stress and anxiety”. The Aragonese are doing well, although they keep doing tests.
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