Bill Latham is on the brink of Paralympic glory with the Australian Rollers set to play Canada in the gold medal match.
Bill Latham is on the brink of Paralympic glory with the Australian Rollers set to play Canada in the gold medal match. Leigh Jensen

Bill eyes off Paralympic gold

COFFS Coast wheelchair basketball star Bill Latham is on the brink winning his first ever Paralympic gold medal with the Rollers qualifying for the championship game overnight.

Australia, the reigning Paralympic champions handed the highly touted United States side a 72-63 beating to tie up a place in the gold medal match against Canada on Sunday morning.

While Latham was once again resigned to only a cameo performance off the bench it was hard to look past the incredible performance of his teammate Justin Eveson.

Eveson shot 21 points, made 10 rebounds and created seven assists in an inspired performance from the Rollers veteran.

For the first time in Paralympic competition, Australia will go into the gold medal match as favourites and will be hoping to add a gold medal to its recent world cup win.

In other Paralympic action overnight Ben Newton's Australian Steelers wheelchair rugby side continued its winning streak with a 60-47 victory against Sweden in its pool b clash.

Newton, a Coffs Coast junior, scored two goals and recorded a steal in the win.

Ryley Batt continues to be the Steelers shining light with yet another stellar performance scoring half the Australian teams points with 30 goals.

The Steelers next clash is against Belgium tonight.


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