Jeremy Tyndall’s maiden World Championship campaign has every chance to end with a medal around his neck.
The Waaia product is in Toronto, Canada, competing in the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation under-23 World Championships.
Tyndall’s Australian Spinners face Turkey today in a cutthroat semi-final clash after a gruelling week on the court.
The tournament began last week with a tough 68-72 loss to Iran, and Tyndall was front and centre in the action with 12 points and four rebounds.
Tyndall’s side regrouped after a slow start in the game to win the second half by nine points, and that momentum was carried through into Australia’s next fixture against host nation Canada.
The Goulburn Valley export was again heavily involved in play, pulling down six defensive rebounds (seven in total) and scoring four points in the 62-58 victory.
The triumph proved to be the kick-start Australia needed, going on to defeat Brazil (43-27) and Italy (60-53) in its next two games to move towards the final Pool A match against Turkey with plenty of confidence.
Today’s opponent was too strong in that clash 60-53, but the fact Australia led at the final change will give Tyndall and his teammates plenty of confidence in being able to turn the result around.
With close results the theme of the competition, a quarter-final battle with Germany was always going to be tight, but Tyndall’s side eventually prevailed 69-66.
The number 10 has so far totalled 21 points, 23 rebounds, nine assists and four steals from an average of 27 minutes on court in the tournament, and will be hoping to increase that output at 10am today (AEST) in the most important match of his wheelchair basketball career to date.
If Australia loses the contest, it will still be given the chance to fight for bronze against either Great Britain or Japan tomorrow morning.