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Wheelchair basketball alumni prepare for Paralympics quarterfinals


Day six of the 2012 Paralympics is in the books and five former UTA athletes are still making their mark on the competition. Former Movin’ Mav Jason Nelms, 31, has been one of the most productive scorers for the team U.S.A. wheelchair basketball team, and 37-year-old Brad Ness is a steady contributor for Australia. Brent Lakatos earned a silver medal in the 400 meter, becoming the first former Maverick to medal at the 2012 Paralympic games. Stephen Welch and Jon Rydberg were both eliminated in wheelchair tennis. 

In a potential semifinal matchup on Sunday, team Australia and team USA battled during day four of competition of the 2012 Paralympic Games.

After the dust settled, Australia came out on top, 65-49. Former Movin’ Mav Brad Ness scored 13 points in the win.

The Americans were out of their element from the gate and did not have any players score in double figures. Former Movin’ Mav Jason Nelms led Team USA in scoring with eight points. 

Also a former Movin’ Mav, Paul Schulte contributed one rebound and an assist in the loss to the Australians.

On Monday, the Australians ended Group A play on a high note against Italy with a 68-48 win.

Undefeated throughout the prelims, Brett Stibners, Nick Taylor and former Movin’ Mav Brad Ness led the Australians in the victory with 17, 14 and 11 points, respectively.

The game seemed to be out of reach for the Italians by the end of the third quarter with Australia leading 57-38. Matteo Cavagnini led the way for the Italians in the loss with 16 points and Alberto Pellegrini grabbed 12 rebounds.

The Australians start quarterfinals against Poland at 4 p.m on Wednesday.

The Americans also ended Group A play on a good note against Spain by winning 63-55.

Former Movin’ Mav Jason Nelms led the way for team USA with 21 points and five assists in the win. Paul Schulte, also a former Movin’ Mav, contributed four points and five assists for Team USA.

The Spaniards were down big early though, taking a 10-point deficit into halftime. Led by Rafael Muino Gamez and Diego de Paz Poco, who scored 15 and 11 points, respectively.

Team USA will play Germany in the quarterfinals at 8 a.m. Wednesday.