Gliders lose game two in Tokyo

Gliders lose game two in Tokyo

Tokyo - The Australian Gliders put in a solid performance through three quarters, before a dominant fourth from Japan saw a final score of 56-38.

The final scoreboard did not reflect the efforts of the team, that entered the final period trailing by just four points, 36-32.

Much like the Rollers, the Mitsubishi Electric Cup is excellent preparation for the squads Tokyo 2020 Paralympic qualification games later this year.

With that in mind, Gliders head coach, Stephen Charlton, used the game as a chance to experiment with different combinations and groups on the floor.

"Tonight was a terrific learning night for the gliders with all players getting court time. By providing all the players the opportunity to play we’re learning more about where we need to improve," Charlton said postgame.

"Part of this learning is improving the combinations between our high and low pointers to continue to create scoring opportunities."

Amber Merritt (16 points) and Annabelle Lindsay (14 points) handled the bulk of the scoring load for the Australians, while defensively the team continued to find their groove.

"We held japan to the same score as last night. Considering we played everyone tonight that wasn’t too bad, but also shows us that when we play structured team defence we’re capable of really putting pressure on the opposition," Charlton admitted.

The Gliders will be back in action on Saturday, giving them a chance to pick up a second win on the tour of Japan.