Coffee-stakes 4th quarter: Mark & Ben’s calls for the Men’s medal games

Here it is.

 

The deciding round. Medals (and coffee-based bragging rights) on the line as the last 4 teams in the tournament go head to head.

 

We’re tied at 16 correct predictions apiece, and it could very well be a tie at the end of today. In the event of this happening, the win will go to the writer who makes the single closest margin of victory call out of today’s two games.

 

Keeping it short here, because you guys should get off here and watch the game action. Here we go:

 

Australia v Iran


Ben: Iran have been an exciting team throughout this tournament, beating Turkey in the quarter-final to earn themselves a shot at a medal. Australia came up short in the semi-final against favourites USA and they will be looking to bounce back and earn themselves a medal. For all of Iran’s good work throughout this tournament I believe Australia will be to strong. Australia by 16.

Mark: Iran have been the hot-ticket team of the tournament this year. Riding a surge of momentum all the way to the semi-final. One question I haven’t really brought myself to face here is whether they’re genuinely this good, or are just peaking based off their recent good fortune. I predict that the GB game knocked their momentum enough to bring them back down to Earth, and that might be enough for Australia to capitalise. Australia by 7.

 

Great Britain v USA

 

Ben: Incredible performance from the lads these past two weeks, there is no doubt about it, USA are a tough team to beat. But I believe they’re going to finish the job off. GB by 6.

Mark: The USA are the current gold standard at the world level, no doubt about it. However, dynasty’s do have a historical pattern of falling sooner or later. GB had some unfortunate circumstances in the pool game against this team, and arguably didn’t put together their most complete 40 minute stint of the tournament. GB are coming into this game on a high, following a systematic dismantling of international wheelchair basketball’s ‘new kid on the block’, Iran.
As historically great as the USA are. I think GB took their best shot and still hung in. GB are going to do it, and it’s going to be close. GB by 1.

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