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England snatch last-gasp men’s 3×3 basketball gold at commonwealth games

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Birmingham-born Myles Hesson delivered the Hollywood ending as his two-point shot in overtime earned England Commonwealth gold in the men’s 3×3 basketball.

Next to the fruit and vegetable markets of Smithfield where he was brought as a child by his grandparents, Hesson came through in the clutch to give England a 17-16 victory over their more illustrious opponents.

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“It’s incredible,” Hesson said. “I’m trying to figure out the words. In my wildest dreams, making the winning shot in Birmingham for Commonwealth gold, it’s a joke.

“I’ve played basketball in every corner of Birmingham. This (Smithfield) is where I catch the bus to get into town, to get out of town. I would go to the markets with my grandparents. I’m from Birmingham, I am Birmingham.”
The final was a hugely physical battle. The teams traded both fouls and baskets, with Australia holding a narrow edge in both columns almost throughout.

Wind ripped through Smithfield, contributing to some wayward shooting from the free-throw line. Hesson saw plenty of shots miss too, not least one to win it with five seconds of regulation left.

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But he did not lose belief, even after Jesse Wagstaff put Australia in front in overtime.

“I didn’t want to script it like that,” Hesson added. “It was a bit nervy but we came through. I hit the big shot that won the game but we all chipped in to make that possible and it was a big team effort.”

Hesson led England with six points while Jaydon Henry-McCalla and Orlan Jackman had four each and Jamell Anderson three.

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Canada beat Scotland to win the bronze medal.

The women’s final went the distance too but this time England had to settle for silver as Sarah Te-Biasu made a buzzer-beating lay-up to give Canada a 14-13 win.
“I’m proud of us, we’ve come here and got a silver medal but when you are that close to a gold medal it’s going to hurt and be disappointing,” Cheridene Green said.

“There are no regrets, we’ve put everything out there against a really good team but we’ve come up just a little bit short. At the end of the day we’re still Commonwealth medallists, the fans are still cheering our name and that’s something to be proud about.”

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The bronze medal went to Australia after victory over New Zealand.

Canada came out on top in the women’s wheelchair basketball final after a 14-5 win, while fortunes were reversed in he men’s wheelchair final as Australia edged to an 11-9 win.

England landed bronze in both men’s and women’s competition.

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