Team England’s Men head into their final game of Pool B knowing exactly what is required. Victory tomorrow would guarantee a top 2 spot in the group and a place in the next round of the tournament. A loss would bring to an end their Commonwealth Games campaign.
Tomorrow's opponents Cameroon, like England, are currently 1-1 after their opening two games. A 96-87 come from behind win against India began their tournament before the African side fell to Scotland 63-52. Forward Arnold Kome has looked lively so far, recording 21 points in both of those fixtures. He’s also averaging 6 rebounds per contest so England will need to be aware of the threat he poses.
Mohaman Aziz Nkene Tsaace is also a more than capable presence on the glass. The 6’7 forward pulled down digit rebounds in both of Cameroon’s games to date, including a combined 14 offensive boards across the 2 matches. Team England did manage to keep India’s 7’2” centre Satnam Bhamara under wraps , they’ll need more of the same tomorrow.
Forward Shane Walker has been having a good Games so far and feels that the team is really beginning to grow into the competition, “It feels good to play here. It’s a nice arena and a good place to play. The crowd has been great and even though there’s a lot of Australian fans they’ve still been cheering us on. It’s good to have that atmosphere behind us.”
A top two finish in Pool B would guarantee Team England a shot at a semi-final place providing they can win a one-off qualifying game against one of the bottom two sides in Pool A. It’s too early to say who England might play if they do progress that far, but right now Coach Kapoulas’ side just need to focus on getting a win tomorrow.
Date: Sunday 8 April
Stage: Pool B – Group Play
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