The US team, Athletes-in Action got off to a winning start at the Philips World International Basketball Championships in London on December 30.
1. GV PAN Athletes-in-Action team playing in purple score from breakway, scorer Steve Bontrager 0.17
2. GV Crowd 0.20
3. GV PAN Dan Frost scores again for AIA as Mike Maule counter attacks for John Carr Doncaster, playing in white 0.43
4. SV Crowd looks on 0.44
5. SV Mike Maule scores from two penalties for Doncaster 1.01
6. SV Scoreboard: AIA 43 - Doncaster 31, Half time score. 1.03
7. GV Doncaster score again 1.13
8. GV Crowd CUTAWAY 1.14
9. GV PAN AIA score through Antonio Martin. Crowd watches (2 shots) 1.23
10. SV PULL BACK TO GV PAN ATA score through Dan Frost 1.33
11. SV Scoreboard AIA 77 - Doncaster 59 1.34
12. CV Steve Bontrager scores again for AIA, and Doncaster also score just before full time 2.00
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The US team, Athletes-in Action got off to a winning start at the Philips World International Basketball Championships in London on December 30. On the first day of the five-day championships, they beat the John Carr Doncaster team, playing in the white strip, and ran out eventual winners 79 points to 65. Athletes-in-Action led the score-line for much of the match thanks to the goal-scoring abilities of Steve Bontrager and Dan Frost. As for John Carr Doncaster, they had a near miss from Mike Maule late in the first half, but he made up by scoring twice from penalties. His efforts still could not prevent Athletes-in-Action leading 43 points to 31 at half time. Soon after the restart, Doncaster opened the scoring, but Antonio Martin struck back for AIA, followed by Dan Frost. With only a few minutes to full-time and the scoreline standing at 77 points to 59 in favour of the US team, Steve Bontrager scored another two points. Not to be denied, John Carr Doncaster pulled back six points, but the final score showed Athletes-in-Action 79, John Carr Doncaster, 65.
Source: REUTERS - KEN HARDING