Toxteth’s Abdi Jama helped ParalympicsGB beat Australia 70-69 in an exciting final wheelchair basketball game in Tokyo.
The reigning world champions trailed 27-12 at the end of the first quarter and were looking down, 13 points behind at halftime.
But Gaz Choudhry took control, sinking eight of his game-high 28 points in the first three minutes of the third quarter.
The 36-year-old, who missed his best friend’s wedding to compete in London 2012, finished with 11 assists, eight rebounds and a crucial part of the trade.
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“It was an incredible game and very, very fun to be a part of it,” said Britain’s Lee Manning, who also claimed a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds.
“Obviously, it was a great comeback on our part. Going into halftime, I always felt that if we played our basketball, we played what we could do, I knew we could come out strong.
“I don’t think we would actually have gone in front until the last minute of the game. “
Jama played his role, on the court for 33 minutes and scored four points.
Great Britain is the reigning world champion and stands at the top of the tournament group of death, fueling the hope that they can win a medal for the fourth Games in five.
His reward is Wednesday’s round of 16 meeting with Canada, which was once a dominant force and won gold in London 2012 but finished 12th at the 2018 World Championships.
“We finished first of the group. The summary ends.